Iran evaluates strict hijab policy in an effort to calm protesters 

An Iranian girl holds up her country’s flag in Sadeghieh Square. in Tehran. (Photo: AP)

Iran is revisiting a decades-old legislation requiring women to wear a headscarf, as authorities fight for more than two months to suppress protests against the dress code.

President Ebrahim Raisi stated that the republican and Islamic roots of Iran were constitutionally enshrined, but that there were "flexible methods of applying the constitution."

It occurred one day after the country's attorney general said that the legislature and judiciary were examining legislation mandating a head covering.

"Both parliament and the courts are working (on the problem)," stated Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, adding conclusions will be revealed, "in a week or two."

In Iran, the headscarf became mandatory for all women in April 1983, four years after the Islamic Revolution toppled the monarchy supported by the United States.

It remains a highly contentious subject in a nation where conservatives feel it should be mandatory and reformists want to leave it up to the individual's discretion.

Since the murder of Mahsa Amini in detention in September, when she was purportedly arrested for wearing her headscarf wrongly, the hijab has been the topic of daily protests.

According to human rights organizations, security forces have killed over 460 individuals, including 50 children.

Security personnel reportedly demolished the home of the brother of Elnaz Rekabi, the country's climbing champion who competed without a hijab at a recent competition in South Korea, as anti-regime demonstrations continued across Iran.

Davood Rekabi, Elnaz's brother, tweeted footage of a house reduced to ruins, with furniture and a box of medals strewn about on the ground.

An unidentified male was heard speaking off-camera: "Where is the justice? This is the consequence of living in a society where the national champion wins so many medals, while her brother is sprayed with pepper spray and his humble working-class home is razed."

According to a source close to the Rekabi family, members of Iran's cultural and security forces organized the demolition in the western city of Zanjanrood.

Davood Rekabi reportedly received a fine for constructing his home without a building permit.

Elnaz Rekabi was greeted as a hero upon her return to Tehran in October, but later appeared on state television to explain that her scarf "had unintentionally fallen off during the tournament." Since then, she has not been spotted in public and is presumed to be under house arrest.

Publish : 2022-12-04 13:02:00

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