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hijab row in iran how women will get freedom from hijab

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hijab row in iran how women will get freedom from hijab

Naish Hassan
When Mahsa Amini, 22, a resident of Saqej in western Iran, came to Tehran on September 13 without wearing a hijab, she was caught by police. He was beaten up in custody, leading to the death of Mahsa. Iranian women are big agitators. There was old anger in him as well, this incident of Mahsa further boiled his anger. These women have set their hijabs on fire, cut their hair and started a movement.

spreading discontent
The fire of this rebellion of Iranian women has spread throughout the country including Tehran, Saqej and the capital of Kurdistan, Sanandaj. The whole world is watching this rebellion and is also sending its support to Iranian women. Iran’s government punishes and does not allow women to come on the street without a hijab even at the age of 65. The government has given the right of moral policing. In view of the growing opposition, the Iranian government is trying to operate by criticizing its moral police.

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This was not the first time in Iran, when an attempt was made to forcibly control women in the name of religion. This nexus of religion and state has been going on there more or less since 1979-

Iranian women are taking off their hijabs, cutting their hair (Photo: Agency)

  • A revolution in the name of religion took place in Iran in 1979 under the leadership of religious leader Syed Ruhollah Mousavi alias Ayatollah Khomeini. During this, two slogans were raised loudly for women, ‘Go back to your homes’ and ‘Go back to the roots’.
  • Returning to roots in Iran proved to be a return to inertia. The traditionalist forces began to organize against modernity. Music was banned. Fake Islamic rules and regulations were being imposed on women. The bathing of men and women on the sea shores was banned.
  • During this time several rules were also introduced for converting women from human to cattle, one of them being Mutah (marriage for a fixed amount of time in exchange for a fixed amount). It was Khomeini who allowed Mutah, calling it a blessing.
  • In 2010, 43-year-old Iranian woman Sheikh Mohammadi Ashtiani was flogged in front of her minor son on suspicion of illicit relations.
  • In 2015, a young man from Iran, Khatoon Masih Alinejad, blows his hair in the wind. She said that she loves to see her flying hair, she will not wear a hijab. As soon as that young woman did this, it was as if there was an earthquake in the politics of Iran. Alinejad was targeted, threats were received. He had to stay underground. She ran an online campaign called Hijab Free Campaign, which got the support of 1 lakh girls in Iran. Alinejad was so opposed that he had to take refuge in America.
  • In March 2019, Iranian human rights activist Nasreen was sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes by an Iranian court. The reason being, Nasreen was leading the movement against the compulsory hijab. His movement was described as a threat to the security of the country.

how’s the game
Let us tell you that the word hijab is not even mentioned anywhere in the constitution of Iran. Chapter 3 of its Article 19 states that all the people of Iran have equal rights. Article 20 also talks about equal protection in law to men and women. After this point in the same article, the word came more, ‘In conformity with Islamic criteria’. It was this word that freed the patriarchal elements of Iranian society. On the strength of this word, atrocities are being committed on women in Iran.

On the one hand, Iran received death penalty for not wearing burqa and on the other hand, those wearing burqa and hijab are being stopped in India. The question has also been raised that when Iranian women are giving up the hijab, then why its insistence in India. But the main issue is coercion. Why not to wear or not to wear anything is left to the will of the woman?

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