Iran’s Raisi says hijab is the law as women face ‘yoghurt attack’ | News
Iran’s president says the headscarf is the law after a viral video showed a man throwing yogurt at a naked woman in Masshad.
President Ebrahim Raisi has said that the hijab is a “legal matter” in Iran after a viral video emerged showing a man hurling yogurt at two naked women in a nearby shop. a holy city of Shia Muslims.
A growing number of women are defying authorities by dropping their veils following nationwide protests following the September death of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman while in the custody of ethics police for being arrested. Allegedly violating the headscarf rule. Security forces violently suppressed the protests.
The video appeared to show two female customers entering a store. Just then, a man approached the women and talked to them. He then picked up what appeared to be a large jar of yogurt and threw its contents at the two women’s heads.
Judiciary authorities in a town near the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran have ordered the arrests of two women, a mother and her daughter, for violating strict women’s dress codes. Iranian women and “performed a prohibited act,” state media reported on Saturday.
The judiciary’s website Mizan Online reported that authorities had issued an arrest warrant for the man “on charges of offending and disorderly conduct”.
At risk of arrest because despite the mandatory dress code, women are still widely seen in malls, restaurants, shops and streets across the country.
Videos of naked women fighting moral police have flooded social media.
In a speech broadcast live on state television, Raisi falsely said, “If some people say they don’t believe [in the hijab] … persuasion is good… But the point is that there is a legal requirement… and the hijab is a legal issue today.”
Authorities said the dairy shop owner, who confronted the attacker, was cautioned.
Reports on social media suggest his shop has been closed, although he is quoted by a local news agency as saying he has been allowed to reopen and will have to ” explanation” before the court.
The head of the judiciary Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei had earlier threatened to prosecute “mercilessly” the women who appeared in public, Iranian media reported.
“Disclosure equals hostility of [our] values,” Ejei is quoted by several news sites.
He added that Iran’s enemies abroad are encouraging violations.
Under Iranian law imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing for camouflage. Violators have faced public rebuke, fines or arrest.
Describing the veil as “one of the foundations of civilization of the Iranian nation” and “one of the practical principles of the Islamic Republic,” a statement by the Interior Ministry on Thursday said there would be no any “retreat or tolerance” in this regard.
It calls on citizens to confront undisclosed women. Such directives in previous decades encouraged some to attack women with impunity.
The government often turns a blind eye to the violation of the headscarf rule, but this has caused anger among religious leaders and pro-government politicians.
According to media reports, a religious leader and a lawmaker on Saturday threatened to act on their own if the government did not move forward with enforcing rules that require individuals to observe head scarf.