Hijab Enforced By Law For Women In Iran But Their Men Join Their Fight Against It

A headscarf worn by muslims or more wide known as a Hijab is enforced strictly by law upon the women in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The so called ‘Morality Police’ makes sure that the women in the country follow this weird law and those who did not follow are deemed to be fined or worse imprisoned.

The women in the country are enforced to wear a hijab which completely covers her hair so that they are honourable according to the government campaigns. The campaigns carried statements at those who women not complying to the law are themselves inviting unwanted sexual advances from other men.

But women in the country have been protesting against the injustice by resorting certain protests such as skipping the hijab by shaving their head.  In a great surprise recently, Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist and journalist living in New York has been receiving very strong response from the men in Iran, whom she had been appealing for their participation in the campaign against the law.

“In Iran women have to cover their hair in public according to the dress rule enforced after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. My Stealthy Freedom is an online social movement where Iranian women share photos of themselves without wearing the hijab.” said the description of the campaign called My Stealthy Freedom initiated by Alinejad. The Facebook page of the campaign has over a million likes.

Over the past weeks, an large number of Iranian men from within Iran has been sharing picture of them wearing the hijab beside the women in their lives without the hijab in solidarity to the injustice fostered upon them.

“Most of these men are living inside Iran and they have witnessed how their female relatives have been suffering at the hands of the morality police and humiliation of enforced hijab,” she said according a report in The Independent. “In our society, a woman’s existence and identity is justified by a man’s integrity, and in many cases the teachings of a religious authority or government officials influence a man’s misguided sense of ownership over women. So I thought it would be fantastic to invite men to support women’s rights.” she explained.

Most of the men sharing the pictures described their feeling about their female family members, suffering and humiliations they face from the morality police and the injustice fostered upon them as women.

Yeshi Paljor

Editor at Tibetan Journal, Yeshi Paljor is a computer engineer by profession.

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