TEHRAN – Wearing the Islamic hijab veil is mandatory for women in Iran and last year Iran’s morality police warned, fined or arrested 3.6 million women for inappropriate dress.
According to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, women who appear in public places and roads without wearing an Islamic hijab, shall be sentenced to ten days to two months imprisonment or a fine under the country’s Islamic Penal Code.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist living in the U.S., wants to change this, and she’s started by inviting Iranian women to send in pictures of themselves enjoying their unveiled hair.
Hundreds of women have joined Alinejad’s liberating movement and it’s made quite a splash in both Western and Islamic media.
The activist’s Facebook group, My Stealthy Freedom has attracted more than 820,000 followers and mostly are women who’ve joined together to protest Iran’s oppressive law.
It is pertinent to mention here that for many Muslim women, wearing a headscarf is a matter of choice to represent their faith and culture.
But in some countries especially Iran, wearing the hijab is not a choice, it’s compulsory. And for many women, this forced expression of religion is not only unfair, it’s cruel.
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