A young Iranian woman was attacked and insulted in the street by a woman who scolded her for not wearing the veil. They treated the teenager dirty and tried to hit her. The event occurs in a context in which the authorities of the Iranian regime resort to new tactics to punish those who refuse to wear the mandatory Islamic hijab.
“Get lost, they’re dirty people”, the woman told the young woman. “Aren’t you ashamed, you don’t have parents?” she added.
“We are brothers and we have each other,” replied the young woman’s brother, who came to her defense.
The woman then tried to hit the young woman with a wallet she was holding and threatened to call the police. It should be remembered that on September 16, 2022, Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested and tortured by the Islamic religious police for not wearing her hijab correctly. The young woman died in a police station.
The video was shared on her Twitter account by the Iranian dissident journalist and human rights defender masih alinejadwho pointed out how the citizenry checks on women who defy strict Islamic clothing laws.
“The Islamic Republic is failing its younger generation. Educated young women and men from Iran will decide the future of Iran,” Alinejad wrote on her Twitter account.
In January, the US Justice Department announced the arrest of three men who allegedly participated in an Iranian regime-backed plot to assassinate Alinejad.
New control methods
The Islamic Republic tries not to rely strictly on the so-called “morality police” and has created in the last year, supported by technology, more sophisticated methods to punish women who refuse to wear the headscarf.
Among these is the use of security cameras in public places to identify women who defy dress laws. In addition, the Iranian authorities order that offenders be denied services in the public and private sectors to which they turn.
“In an innovative measure to avoid tensions and conflicts in the application of the veil law, Police will use smart tools and cameras in public places and roads to identify people (not wearing hijab)”, indicated in April the security body in a statement cited by the agency tasnim.
The security body explained that messages will be sent to women who do not comply with the law of the veil and chastity, “informing them of the consequences”.
“The Police will not tolerate any individual or collective behavior contrary to the law,” according to the statement.
However, the population is so fed up that the new measures have not made great progress in imposing the use of the hijab.
“Walking unveiled through the streets is now my way of keeping our revolution alivesaid Roya, 31, a teacher in the city of Rasht, who was detained during the November protests and held for three months, Reuters.
“We are not afraid of the regime’s threats. We want freedom (…) This path will continue until we take our country back from the clerics.”, he declared to Reuters Maryam, a high school student from the western city of Kermanshah. “What is the worst case scenario if I walk down the street without a hijab? get arrested? I do not care”.
Iranian Regime Forces Abuse, Kill and Torture Children
Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report at the end of April denouncing that the security forces of the Iranian regime have tortured, killed and sexually abused children, who have also disappeared. In addition, the authorities of the Persian country arrested, interrogated and prosecuted dozens of minors.
According to the human rights NGO, the families of the detained children were prohibited from choosing their preferred defense lawyers. They also point out that they were sentenced for charges that were not clarified, and that were tried outside the courts that have jurisdiction over juvenile cases.
The report also denounces other abuses, such as detaining children without notifying their families, who sometimes went weeks without hearing from their relatives. In addition, the minors who were released were prohibited from returning to school and their families, the State cut off social benefits, forcing the children to have to go out to work.
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