Protests Iran, strike and shops closed: unveiled women will have blocked accounts

A chastity plan for women who don’t wear the Islamic veil. In Iran, a new state regulation known as “Efaf and Hijab” is being studied which provides for “more modern and precise punitive measures against improper clothing”. This was stated by the deputy of the parliament of Tehran, Hossein Jalali, member of the Culture Commission. In two weeks, the plan will be operational and will replace the moral police patrols.Women who do not observe the hijab (the Islamic veil) will be warned via messages on their mobile phones, before moving on to the actual punishments, including the one involves blocking your bank account.

Blocking of bank accounts for unveiled women

MP Hossein Jalali said women who do not wear the headscarf or do so inappropriately will be given three warnings ranging from an SMS notification to having their bank account blocked, according to reports in the reformist Shargh newspaper. Controversy immediately broke out on social media. The announcement is received by the people of the web as a further attempt by the Islamic Republic to exert pressure on women, at the forefront of the protests that are taking place in Iran after the death of Masha Amini, arrested by Tehran’s morality police on 13 last September with the accusation of not wearing the hijab correctly. Faced with the concrete danger of seeing tensions rise in the country, MP Jalali does not hold back and declares: “There will be no withdrawal from the hijab plan because withdrawal means the withdrawal of the Islamic Republic”.

Strikes and shops closed, 5 death sentences

Anti-government demonstrations have continued for over three months in various Iranian cities after activists called a three-day strike, starting yesterday. Shops closed in many cities, not just in the capital Tehran, where protesters set fires in the middle of the street to block traffic or throw objects at buildings. Five people have been sentenced to death in Iran on charges of killing a member of the Basij paramilitary forces during nationwide protests in Iran. Iranian judiciary spokesman Massoud Setayeshi said this, explaining that it is possible to appeal. The five sentenced to death were found guilty of “corruption on earth” one of the most serious crimes under Islamic sharia law in Iran. 11 others, including a woman, were convicted for “their role in the riots” and received prison terms, Setayeshi said. With today’s sentences, the number of death sentences imposed since the beginning of the protests in Iran rises to eleven.