Iran launches new campaign to enforce mandatory hijab for women

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Iran announced on Sunday that it will be launching a new campaign to enforce the mandatory wearing of the Islamic headscarf for women. This announcement comes approximately 10 months after protests that followed the death of Mahsa Amini, who died while in Iranian custody.

Reportedly, in Tehran, morality police also returned to patrol streets in vans.

Gen. Saeed Montazerolmahdi, a police spokesman, said the morality police would resume notifying and then detaining women not wearing hijab in public.

Mahsa Amini, 22, who comes from the Kurdish province of Saqez in the predominant Kurdish areas in Iran known otherwise as Eastern Kurdistan, was detained by the morality police at the train station as she was (with her family) on a visit to the capital Tehran, on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothing.”

Three days later, Amini died in hospital causing widespread speculation on the cause of her death. While Iranian authorities claim Amini died of heart failure. The funeral procession of Amini at Aychi’s turned into a protest.

The Iranian authorities insisted throughout the crisis that the rules had not changed, as Iran’s clerical rulers view the hijab as a key pillar of the Islamic revolution that brought them to power, and consider more casual dress a sign of Western decadence.

Reporting by Emma Jamal