Iranian women fined $260 for 'bad hijabs'

Published: September 16, 2015


TEHRAN: A Tehran court has fined two women $260 for violating the Islamic dress code by not wearing their mandatory hijabs (headscarves) properly in the street, a judicial official was quoted Wednesday as saying.

“In recent days several cases have been filed in the court for bad hijabs and, in two of them, the accused were sentenced to pay 9 million rials ($260/232 euros) in cash,” reformist daily Arman quoted the official as saying.

When in public, all women in Iran, even foreigners, are required to wear the loose scarf, which covers the hair and neck.

But since the mid-1990s, there has been a gradual relaxation of the dress code despite continued campaigns by police to enforce it.

In some rich neighbourhoods of northern Tehran, a city of 12 million, it is not uncommon to see women’s scarves around their shoulders.

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Many young women also wear tight clothes and short coats.

No details were given on what the women had done wrong to warrant the fine, which is equivalent to the monthly minimum wage.

Since his election in 2013, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has overseen some political and social reforms, but much Iran’s political establishment remains deeply conservative.

Earlier this month, a police official said women drivers could have their cars impounded if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or with their heads uncovered.

“If a (female) driver in a car is poorly veiled or has taken her veil off, the vehicle will be seized in accordance with the law,” said Tehran traffic police chief General Teymour Hosseini.

In addition to the struggle to make women, and men, observe Islamic values in the public, police also interfere in people’s private lives.

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In the past six months, managers of 73 residential buildings have been “called in” as part of the war against mixed “night parties,” Arman quoted the same official as saying.

“The number of night parties has dropped sharply compared to last year,” he said.

Parties involving unmarried men and women are prohibited by law.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Sep 16, 2015 - 10:40PM

    I want to ask why ET copy paste such sort of news from western media. These are sort of human rights campaign the likes of which we have seen about China and Russia. These are cultural things, deeply rooted in religion. In East, it is not appropriate to show male or female body and hairs of woman in many Muslim countries. Same is the thing about veiling your face in west.Recommend

  • faisal
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:13AM

    @hassan should be optional. She isn’t stripping naked, just showing her head. Leave it to her to decide.Recommend

  • SK5
    Sep 17, 2015 - 3:29AM

    Slow news day it seemsRecommend

  • Nero
    Sep 17, 2015 - 4:38AM

    @ hassan: “These are cultural things, deeply rooted in religion. In East, it is not appropriate to show male or female body and hairs of woman in many Muslim countries.” Well, in that case both the cultural things and religion need to change. honour killing, slavery, sati were also cultural things. So, was idol worship in most current muslim countries. No problem changing them?Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 17, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Good Job Iran……:)Recommend

  • ABC
    Sep 17, 2015 - 8:39AM

    Its the matter of their country. Nobody should have a problem here.Recommend

  • Sep 17, 2015 - 12:39PM

    The criticism by me was directed to the dominant values which came from advanced world. Not paying taxes is robbery but why because majority has made it law. Question arises how can majority make rules about my personal wealth, my life, my freedom. Same is the case with veiling or veil ban.

    Why not start a campaign about veil ban in western countries. There should be some universal standards for human rights. What Iran did is no different then what Germany did or what France did.
    Does we need to be told by western media that taxes are robbery in order to start campaign about taxes as these are violation of human right’s to own property and enjoy it unfettered.Recommend

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