Iran arrests 29 women for not wearing hijab in protests

Iran arrests 29 women for not wearing hijab in protests

"The Iranian police announced in 2014 that they've warned, arrested or sent to court almost 3.6 million women because of having bad hijab, so these arrests are not new, if people are protesting it's exactly because of such a crackdown", Alinejad told The Guardian. Videos and photos shared on social media have shown demonstrators standing on utility boxes on street sidewalks, defiantly waving their hijabs.

She had tied it to a stick in an apparent reference to the white Wednesday protests against Iran's strict interpretation of Islamic law on female modesty.

Montazeri's statement is not without ground, as in May 2017, Masih Alinejad, a US-based journalist and activist, started a campaign dubbed "White Wednesdays", encouraging women to wear white headscarves or take them off in public entirely in protest against civic norms.

"We are fighting against the most visible symbol of oppression", said Alinejad, who also hosts the website My Stealthy Freedom. "We're just giving them a platform".

According to the Guardian, Iranian officials accused Alinejad, who works for the U.S. government-funded media organ Voice of America, of receiving money from foreign governments to fund her campaign.

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The image of the woman spread on social media.

The UK Daily Mail that despite claims by "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani that the police have better things to do than enforcing the hijab law, thousands of undercover "morality police" remain active, filing tens of thousands of "bad hijab" reports.

Alinejad added that mandatory headscarf laws are also insulting to men, as they presume men are incapable of controlling their sexual urges when they see uncovered women.

Iran has arrested 29 women in the last few days for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported. "Once upon a time we imposed restrictions on women and put them under unnecessary pressure and that provoked these protests with women taking off their headscarves in the streets", she told ILNA.

"The girl of Enghelab Street has been released", human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wrote in a post on her Facebook page on January 28.

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