Iran, sanctions tightened for women who do not wear the veil

Yet another crackdown on women’s freedom in Iran, where today parliament approved a bill that strengthens sanctions against those who do not wear the compulsory veil in public places. Irna reports it. “The deputies approved the implementation of the bill for a trial period of three years,” the agency indicated. After months of discussion, the deputies gave the OK to the text entitled “Support for the culture of chastity and the veil”. A total of 152 deputies voted in favor of the text – approved four days after the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old killed by the morality police because she was not wearing the veil correctly – while 34 voted against and 7 abstained. The bill provides financial penalties for “promotion of nudity” or “mockery of the hijab” in the media and social networks. But also fines and bans on leaving the country for entrepreneurs whose employees do not wear the headscarf. “Vehicles whose driver or passenger does not wear the hijab or wears inappropriate clothing will be fined 5 million riyals” (around 10 euros), the text also states.

Penalties of up to 10 years in prison

Clothing that is “tight” or “exposes part of the body” is considered “inappropriate.” The bill also provides that anyone who commits this crime “in collaboration with governments, media, groups or organizations foreign or hostile to the Islamic Republic” will be sentenced to a sentence varying between 5 and 10 years in prison. To become law, the text must be approved by the Council of Guardians of the Constitution. Currently, appearing “in public without the Muslim headscarf” is punishable by “imprisonment from ten days to two months”.