October 2, 2023

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The Iranian regime wants to pass the mandatory veil law behind closed doors and without public debate

The Iranian regime wants to pass the mandatory veil law behind closed doors and without public debate
Hijab-wearing women in Tehran (AFP)

He Iranian regime It seeks to rush approval behind closed doors New veil lawIt would also make penalties for not wearing Islamic clothing more severe. in a small committee and not in a plenary session of Parliament “To stop the anti-hijab movement”.

The Iranian parliament approved this Sunday “Chastity and Hijab Cultural Support BillAccording to the IKANA Chamber website, 175 votes were in favor and 49 were against, with 5 abstentions out of a total of 238 representatives.

Thus, the administrator 290 Members of Parliament and refrain from introducing legislation before public debate This includes revising several amendments tabled months before parliamentary elections in March.

The plan will be examined and voted on by the Judicial and Cultural Commission behind closed doors, which has the ability to approve the plan “under investigation” for a period of between three and five years, which the country’s constitution allows in its Article 85.

The Bill consists of 70 articles, It establishes penalties such as fines, imprisonment of up to five years, confiscation of cars and driving bans, as well as withholding from wages, employment benefits or access to banking services..

Moussa Ghazanfaribadi, chairman of the parliament’s judicial commission, which is investigating the law, confirmed today that “if the sins related to circumcision and hijab occur every day, the reason for the delay in the approval of this law.”

Conservative Hossein Ali Haji Telekhani, another of the promoters of the law, argued that it was necessary to approve the text in this way because “the situation has no limits and it is getting worse. We must stop the anti-hijab movement”.

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However, members of parliament such as Gholamreza Nouri Qezeljeh showed their disapproval of the legislative proposal, which they believe focuses too much on “punishing” non-veiling that poses “dangers”.

That movement against the hijab actually started after the young woman on September 16 last year Mahza Amini He died after being detained by the so-called morality police in Tehran, sparking months of violent protests across the country.

Since then, many Iranians have stopped wearing the mandatory veil, a garment that represents a visible form of discrimination they experience, which goes beyond covering their heads.

Protests against the use of the veil (Photo: Amnesty International)

Iranian authorities have sought various methods to reintroduce the use of the garment, with punishments such as returning feared moral guards to the country’s streets and cleaning up corpses or sweeping public buildings.

Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisí, vowed this week that “this removal of the veil will definitely end” and said that women who do not cover themselves are “unconscious” and should be “vigilant”.

(with information from EFE)

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