The new law on “Hijab and chastity” has already been approved by the Cabinet of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and focuses mainly on economic penalties in the form of fines and the confiscation of vehicles against women who do not wear the veil, reported this Thursday the Iran Front Page newspaper.
The bill is now in parliament, controlled by the conservative bloc, which will have to decide whether to approve the law.
Many Iranian women have stopped wearing the mandatory Islamic veil as a form of protest and civil disobedience since the death in September of Mahsa Amini after being arrested precisely for wearing the hijab badly.
Amini’s death sparked strong protests calling for the end of the Islamic Republic, carried out above all by young people and women shouting “woman, life, freedom” and who have disappeared after strong state repression that has caused 500 deaths. .
To reinstate the use of the veil, the new law establishes fines equivalent to 10,000,000 million riyals (about 18 euros at the unofficial exchange rate), which would rise to 26.6 million riyals (about 48 euros) in the event of repeating three times.
If the woman penalized for not wearing the veil does not pay within a month, the fine will be doubled and the Central Bank will be instructed to collect the amount directly from the affected person’s bank account.
“If it is not possible to collect the fine, the person will be denied banking services until they pay the fine,” the Iran Front Page reported.
If all these measures do not work, charges will be filed in court against the violators of the law.
Measures against celebrities
The law also establishes the prohibition of acting or participating in public activities of celebrities that “propagate” the non-veiling.
In recent months, numerous actresses have appeared in public without the hijab or published images discovered on social networks, which has led to arrests and legal charges against them.
The last known case was that of the interpreters Pantea Bahram and Katayoun Riahi, denounced in April for “the crime of removing the hijab in public and disseminating images in cyberspace.”
The legislation also insists on the closure of businesses that serve “uncovered women”, something that has already happened since the middle of last month.
On the other hand, the law prohibits the population from “advising, insulting, hitting, attacking or violating the privacy of unveiled women,” according to the Iran Front Page.
Iranian police began on April 15 to again target women who do not cover themselves by using cameras to identify them and closing businesses that cater to uncovered citizens.
In addition, the authorities have posted guards at the gates of the Tehran metro and universities to ensure that women enter covered and warn those who are not.
Once inside, many women choose to remove their headscarves, sources from educational centers told EFE.
Despite everything, many women continue without wearing the veil on the streets of Tehran.