Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has declared that wearing the Islamic headscarf is a legal and religious obligation for Iranian women and called on the country’s institutions to monitor the implementation of laws that have imposed the wearing of the hijab since 1983 for all Iranian women over the age of nine.
He argued that the veil is a Sharia necessity and a legal requirement agreed upon by members of Iranian society that must be complied with by everyone in the country. Raisi has emphasized that the veil is a priority that provides security for living a chaste and religious life and has urged cultural, educational, and media institutions to explain the importance of the veil and chastity to young people to clarify their doubts.
Despite the government crackdown, social protests against the wearing of the veil continue in Iran. Many women are refusing to wear the hijab as an act of disobedience, and more and more conservative voices are calling for the enforcement of the laws imposing this garment.
The death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died after being arrested for not wearing the veil properly, has sparked the largest protests in decades against the Islamic Republic, resulting in nearly 500 deaths and four protesters being hanged. Although the government is not yet forcing women to cover their heads, steps have been taken in this direction in recent weeks, such as the closure of two pharmacies and the reminder to female students at several universities that they must cover their heads.
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