Iranian judicial authorities have issued an arrest warrant against two women who were doused with yogurt by a man by the head in a store for not covering herself with the obligatory Islamic veil, at the same time that she ordered the arrest of the attacker.
The court decision comes a day after a video showing a man argues with a woman and her daughter who are not wearing their headscarves in a store and dumps a jar of yoghurt on their heads.
The shop assistant located in the town of Shandiz, neighboring the holy city of Mashad, in the northeast of the country, He responded by pushing the assailant of the two women into the street..
The Shandiz prosecutor’s office ordered the arrest of the two women for not covering themselves with the mandatory Islamic headscarf and that of the assailant for “disturbing public order”, according to Mizan, agency of the Judiciary. For his part, the clerk has received a “reprimand” for allowing the presence of veiled women in his establishment, a mandatory garment in the country since 1983.
The incident occurred amid heightened tensions in Iran following protests sparked by the September death of Mahsa Amini after being arrested for not wearing the hijab correctly, in a revolt calling for the end of the Islamic Republic The protests have almost disappeared after a strong state repression that has caused nearly 500 deaths and in which four have been hanged protesters, one of them in public.
But many women have stopped wearing the veil on the streets of the Islamic country, in a form of protest and disobedience. Given the continuous female gestures of civil disobedience, more and more conservative voices are calling for the laws that impose this garment to be applied.
The Ministry of the Interior described this week the veil “as one of the pillars of the civilization of the Iranian nation”, one of “the principles of the Islamic Republic” and “a religious necessity”. Iranian media has reported that the Iranian authorities are preparing a new law to re-impose the wearing of the headscarf that could carry penalties of up to $6,000.
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