Conservative Iranian lawmakers are demanding that strong action is taken against women who violate the veil law. One lawmaker has proposed withdrawing passports from women who flaunt the headscarf law by exposing their hair.
Tensions are rising in Iran over the compulsory headscarf law that women are forced to comply with. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spoken out against the issue of the Islamic Republic controlling the way women dress, calling the Muslim veil degrading to women. Members of the Iranian parliament disagree with him and demand stricter controls. Arab News reports that Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, the conservative head of parliaments clerical bloc, demanded that the government withdraw passports from women who violate the headscarf law.Ahmadinejad has provoked criticism from the hard-line religious element for challenging the Islamic dress code, leading Rahbar to declare that the preponderance of women breaching the veil law is
“worse now than during the rule of reformists.”Under the strict dress codes women must ensure that their hair is covered and the morality police conduct regular checks and openly rebuke violators.Rahbar partially blamed the influence of television on women not complying with the headscarf law, saying
“I don’t know what kind of brains are running the state television, which airs silly programs.”Lawmakers are not alone in demanding women strictly comply with the enforced way of wearing the veil. According to the Iran Daily Brief, Iran’s Deputy Science Minister is charged with the task of enforcing the Islamization of Iran’s universities. He said
“that within a few years, infringements on Islamic dress code in universities would be wiped out.”Israel National News reported that the Khatoun newspaper, in which Ahmadinejad criticized the dress code, has been charged with "promoting permissiveness and religious laxity” by conservatives. Challenges to the dress code have been referred to as perverse.Arab News reports that the Iran Star website is encouraging women to protest against the headscarf law and the suppression of women's rights.
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