The Iranian regime intends to pass a compulsory veiling law behind closed doors and without public debate

Veiled women in Tehran (AFP)

he Iran regime Seeks approval urgently and behind closed doors on The new hijab lawWhich would intensify the penalties for not wearing the Islamic dress, In a small committee and not in a plenary session of Parliament “To prevent the anti-hijab movement.”

On Sunday, the Iranian Parliament approved the reference to “Chastity bill and support for hijab cultureThe Ikana Chamber’s website reported, “Before a judicial and cultural committee by 175 in favour, 49 against, with 5 abstentions out of a total of 238 deputies present.

Thus, the executive branch Avoid presenting the law to 290 parliamentarians and public debate That this entails, in addition to reviewing the many amendments that were submitted, months before the parliamentary elections in March.

The project will be studied and voted on by a judicial and cultural committee behind closed doors that has the power to approve the project “on trial” for a period of between three and five years, which is allowed by the country’s constitution in its Article 85.

The draft law which contains 70 articles, It sets out penalties such as fines, prison terms of up to five years, vehicle confiscations and driving bans, as well as salary deductions, employment benefits or banning access to banking services..

The head of the judiciary in the House of Representatives that will study the law, Musa Ghosn Faribadi, confirmed today that “if sins related to chastity and hijab occur every day, it is because of the delay in approving this law.”

One of the law’s promoters, conservative Hossein Ali Haji Diligani, argued that it was necessary to approve the text in this way because “we see that the situation has no limits, it is getting worse. We have to prevent a movement against the hijab“.

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However, deputies such as Gholam Reza Nuri Qzilija expressed their rejection of the legislative draft, considering that it focuses too much on “punishing” not wearing the veil, which entails “risks.”

That movement against the veil actually began on September 16 of last year, after the young woman Mahsa Amini He died after being arrested by the so-called morality police in Tehran, which sparked strong protests for several months across the country.

Since then, many Iranians have stopped wearing the forced headscarf, a garment that for them represents the visible form of discrimination they suffer, far beyond having to cover their heads.

Protests against wearing headscarves (Photo: Amnesty International)

Iranian authorities have resorted to various methods to re-enforce the use of the garment with the return of the dreaded morality police to the country’s streets and punishments such as cleaning up corpses or cleaning up public buildings.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi asserted this week that “the removal of the veil will definitely end” and asserted that women who do not cover themselves are “unconscious” and must be “conscious”.

(with information from EFE)

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