Let the women of Iran take off their hijabs, give them the right to choose!

Published: June 16, 2015

An Iranian woman defying the norms with a picture on The Stealthy Freedom. PHOTO: REUTERS

Where citizens are forced to abide by the norms of a certain culture, disrespect for that culture for the mere sake of disrespect, becomes a mode of resistance. Thousands of Iranian women are posting pictures of themselves online with their hijabs removed, as part of a rapidly growing movement across the country.

Last year, an Iranian journalist, Masih Alinejad, in an act of defiance of her nation’s ultra-conservative culture, posted a picture of herself on Facebook without her hijab. She launched a Facebook group – ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ – which has now snowballed into a movement of over 800,000 followers, inspiring thousands of Iranian women to post photographs of themselves with their hair uncovered.

Photo: ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ Facebook page

Photo: ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ Facebook page

Women in Iran are legally obligated to keep their hair covered in public. Just last year, 3.6 million women were stopped by the morality police – not the figurative kind, but the ‘actual’ police – and warned, fined, or arrested.

Naturally, the movement has found enemies among the conservative bulwark in Iran and other Islamic nations that growl at the movement for promoting ‘indecency’ and ‘impiousness’; those who consider pardah so virtuous, that one may be forgiven to impose it on women, either strictly through law (as in Iran) or subtly through social pressures (like in Pakistan).

Disappointingly, many Western liberals, although enthusiastic about the idea of gender equality, are hesitant to put the full weight of their support behind this group so to not drum up the dreaded ‘white saviour complex’. I empathise with my liberal counterparts in the West, as one wouldn’t want to send the wrong message that ripping a hijab off a woman’s head in South London is some form of charity towards ‘oppressed’ Muslim women.

Western people should, however, be aware of the geopolitical context of this story. Iran is, of course, a place where Muslims constitute the primary establishment, not a relatively toothless minority, like in the United Kingdom. And unlike for women in most Western countries, hijab is not something a woman chooses for herself; it is chosen for her by the society and state.

Though the situation may not be as dire in Pakistan, it would be ignorant to not consider the intense social pressures women here face to maintain pardah, through our own variety of conservative garments. In a society where leaving home without a dupatta invites judgemental glares, catcalls, and sermons from disapproving elders, a woman is usually left with no choice but to submit to the society’s approved dress code, or prepare to face its unmitigated wrath.

In the context of this culture, where conservative garb already enjoys wide-scale approval, pro-pardah activism like the ‘30-day Ramazan Hijab challenge’ or the ‘World Hijab Day’, is an exercise in redundancy and convenient parroting of the status quo. You want to try a tougher challenge? Pledge not to stare and hoot at a dupatta-less woman walking past you on the street, for 30 days.

I don’t mean to trivialise anti-Muslim bigotry in the Western world, which I have written about extensively. But when conservative nationals of Islamic countries decry that bigotry, while exhibiting complete apathy or even antipathy for the freedom struggles of people in their own countries, it undermines their own agenda.

This is one of those struggles that you need to get behind, regardless of your personal stance for or against hijab. Because this is not about debating the virtues and vices of a certain cloth; it is about reaffirming our support for people’s right to choose their own religious and cultural values.

Faraz Talat

Faraz Talat

A medical doctor and bubble-wrap enthusiast from Rawalpindi, who writes mostly about science and social politics (and bubble-wrap). He tweets @FarazTalat (twitter.com/FarazTalat)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Zoro

    Why ONLY Iran ???Recommend

  • http://ruletheworld.co.nr/ Syed Owais Mukhtar

    No women in Pakistan is oppressed in Hijab. If you want liberty to perish, go and see the west where hijab are snatched off women faces!Recommend

  • Common Sense

    British/American system based Democracy can bring this change, not an Islamic
    dictatorship.

    For example, Pakistan has a british democratic system in place, and despite all the stresses of the mullah mindset, the women in large cities have relatively higher freedoms than say most Iranians and Saudi females.Recommend

  • Ana Nosh Khanzada

    Women doesnot wear hijab coz of society and traditions rather they wear as Allah asked in Surah Noor.Recommend

  • JayMankind

    Who “snatched” the hijab off their faces? Shouldn’t men wear the hijab too then? So that nobody will cast an evil eye on them? The same reasons should apply to men too, shouldn’t it? I am just curious.Recommend

  • Saad R.

    Quran also says pray 5 times a day, nobody enforces that. Why do we always end up picking and choosing what feels better to usRecommend

  • syed

    doctor sounding uneducated!! so called liberal mind set . Please practice this freedom at your home with your wife, sister and mother! Leave Islamic Republic alone!Recommend

  • Teesra Haath

    A person shouldn’t be forced into doing something without their consent. These are some basic morals which elude the ‘saviors’ of Islam who champion it’s cause. Why should any woman be coerced into covering her head when it’s the men out there who need to be taught how to respect women. Do these Mullahs ever sit down with their sons and talk to them about the rights of women? My guess is no.
    The Islamic world largely treats women as being from outer space, who need to be isolated from the rest of the chauvinistic society. It’s about time the women get to choose how they want to live their lives themselves.Recommend

  • bilal

    Covering your body is not suppression. It is a religious obligation upon a Muslim women, that is in the Noble Quran and is the word of ALLAH(Swt) who is the creator of mankind. Just like the maker of a car or any wordly object knows the object in and out, everything about it, what is good for and what is bad for it. The same way the creator knows what the hikmah is behind Pardah of women. And we are too “naive” maybe to judge this hikmah. When ALLAH created mother Eve, he created her and she the moment she existed she was covered. So these are the fundamentals and truely it is the ignorance of such people who write such stuff. there is no conservative, moderate or extreme islam. Islam is islam and it is the way it is. Surely does ALLAH (Swt) know all the benefits in pardah for women is why he made it compulsory and indeed to HIM we obey. If we do not want to obey the commands ALLAH indeed we are only causing and driving ourselves into a life of misery both in this life and hereafter, but by publishing such articles and deviating an already deviated society really we are calling for wrath of ALLAH. That is why when a nation goes astray ALLAH has sent down the Quran for you to read and read about the nations before you and you will find relevance in what they did and yourselves and then take lesson. But man is ignorant and haughty.

    All praise and Glory of for ALLAH.Recommend

  • Edward Carney

    I don’t know where you get your information about “the West,” but as a resident of the United States let me tell you that I see women wearing hijab, niqab, and even burqa, and I have never once seen them “snatched off women’s faces.”

    I don’t doubt that some misguided people have occasionally done that. But it is a form of assault and could be prosecuted under the laws of any US state. The hijab is not by outlawed in this country by any means, and there are no major social pressures against wearing it. In most areas of the country, you’ll find that women have very free choice. I can’t speak for Pakistan, but I trust the author when he says that women are under pressure to keep their heads covered in public.Recommend

  • Gnosissss

    Allah swt asked Muslims to dress modestly . That they should construe that to mean the hijab or burqa or some such idiocy is another matter . I challenge you to prove that the holy Quran specifically defines the hijab . Please enlighten me . Recommend

  • seismann

    Really Mullah,not Allah orders women around.Recommend

  • seismann

    It is the inherent paranoia of Pakistanis,and their inability to look at facts rationally.They think it is ok in other countries to push around women as it is in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Animal Farm

    How can you ask a woman to show her hair??

    Lets say, a pious muslim man see a woman’s hair..He will get dirty thoughts and he might even rape that woman as hair is such a strong aphrodisiac that it makes men go mad and lose his self control…
    In such a case,the fault will go to the woman as she was the one who tempted the man in the first place…

    Thats why women should cover their hair,faces,eyes roam like the NazgulsRecommend

  • Animal Farm

    Noone snatched hijab off their faces….Is that what they tell you in your madrassas???.
    Its only in France where they have a burkha ban ….remember its BURKHA not HIJAB…..so that one cannot cover their faces ,the same reason why a ski mask or motorcycle helmet is banned in a public placeRecommend

  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir

    Muslim women who do not wear hijab, are disobeying Allah Subhana. They need
    to fear Allah, from the torment of a mighty day. This author needs to repent for
    advising Muslim women, to be disobedient, to Allah Subhana. Hijab is mandatory
    on all believing women, and is in fact a part of worship.Those who speak against the
    Hijab, are either ignorant, or deceived by the Shaitan, the eternal enemy of human
    beings. They fail to comprehend the Arabic language in the Holy Quran. Shame
    on all those who do not wear the correct hijab, or advise their wives, and sisters, from
    doing so.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Just out of curiosity, what is your position on dress codes forced upon Muslim women????
    Should women be REQUIRED to wear Hijab??
    Should women be REQUIRED to wear Nijab??
    Should women be REQUIRED to wear Burka??
    Should women be REQUIRED to maintain pardah??
    And WHY should MEN decide these issues for Women??Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Second Question!!
    Have you ever traveled to the (Evil?) WEST???Recommend

  • Kolsat

    I believe Muslims must be taught that Koran does not ask women to wear a hijab or burqa. It is a male construct. In the ancient times it was usual for powerful men to abduct beautiful women for their pleasure and therefore it was necessary to cover their beauty. We have now moved from such barbarism and hence covering women is anachronistic.Recommend

  • Kolsat

    There may have been one or two such incidents which were in response to atrocities committed by Muslims. It is not a common everyday occurence. Please do not spread rumours.Recommend

  • ali

    What is to u. It is the law of the land. So respect it. We do. If u dnt like a law dnt live there. Move somwer were it suits u. Look at France no veil people don’t like ot but u have to abide to the law. If not move.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Pervaiz

    if i may disagree to all that is written and all that is in the comments, this is all crap. islam has told men and women to cover certain parts of their body. what is the freedom you are all referring to? does this mean you will declare a women free when you can see her top. this is absurd.Recommend

  • L.

    Those atrocities are committed by terrorists and not muslims. Otherwise, I agree with the rest of your comment. Recommend

  • SamSal

    Women are not oppressed in Hijab – agreed.
    However, forcing women to take hijab, when they don’t wish to, that’s oppression.Recommend

  • Hammurabi

    God is looking after billions of galaxies.Its human mind that assumes that God thinks like humans and is involved in small day to day life affairs like dress of women, .eating manners,drinking water with right hand etc.GOD IS SO GREAT THAT He does not care about petty matters.Recommend

  • http://thoughtsandotherthing.blogspot.fr/2015/09/vegetarianism-ritual-killings-et-al.html Supriya Arcot

    Hair is an aphrodisiac ….. so ….Recommend

  • NoName4me

    All stupids are barking without knowing the facts………liberty is not in wearing hijab or removing clothers……….its the equavlant rights in the societyRecommend

  • Jayman

    What about men? Does the Quran say anything about men wearing jeans and other “immodest” clothes?Recommend

  • Jayman

    Nobody needs to be “taught” anything from books written in a different millenium. Let them get a modern education that is in keeping with the times. Everything will sort itself out.Recommend

  • Rukhsana Shama

    God should cover the girls before they are born. Right? huh?Recommend

  • Umair

    So you support these woman who break Islamic laws in the name of freedom? This is not freedom. The boundaries of freedom are determined by Allah, not by human beings. I laugh at people who ask women in Muslim countries to break the law but do not ask French Muslim women to break French laws. What a duplicity.Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)

    If the Women of Iran want this freedom then let them have it. The Clerics can ask their wives to stay Indoors.Recommend

  • Annymonus

    Shame on you and on Your Thoughts while putting such Blogs .Recommend

  • ZKhan

    Iranian Women love to wear Hijab and Abaya..they never have any Problem…Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    I sincerely doubt if you have the authority to speak on behalf of all Iranian women.

    Those who love to wear it, can wear it. This article is about women who don’t want to wear it, but are forced to do so.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    So is the male jawline. Burka-up, guys.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    No, no. Don’t use religion as an excuse to establish your own theocratic dictatorship on women.

    These women aren’t trying to obstruct your freedom. They’re trying to safeguard their own, and live by their own values.Recommend

  • ZKhan

    Only in media they are Forced otherwise they wont have any problem….It is better for any people to visit their Country and ask each of them..May be Few of them are Forced but majority of them support…If you will make a Survey in India then Majority of Muslim women itself Choose to wear wear Burqa,Hijab and Niqab without any Forced..Recommend

  • Parvez

    Agree.Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    Ufff I am merely defending the cause of this rule. Once upon a time , these rules held good .Today , of course ,times are changing . so …. rituals and rules can / should be bent by those who dont want it . Whats good a few centuries back need not ( always ) hold good today .Recommend

  • Just Kidding……….

    yeah!!!!! don’t be the holy cow in this discussionRecommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQ

    Allah has ordered women to cover themselves properly as ordained in Surah Nisa. Hence, Iran as a muslim country has rightly implemented Allah’s command. The same is obligatory for all muslims worldwide.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQ

    Allah says (7:26) O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.

    (24:31)And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.

    (33:59) O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.Recommend

  • Sane

    Writer: Thanks that you just proposed taking off Hijab only not the clothes. You can even propose that, no surprise. Yiou are among those who have a hate Syndrome against Muslim customs and even Islamic teachings.Recommend

  • Sane

    Correct. Terrorists in the garb of Muslims are not Muslims. They are implanted agents of Anti Muslims.Recommend

  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir

    Allah Subhana has commanded believing women and the wives of the last and
    final Prophet, sent to mankind Mohammed SAWS, to wear the jilbab, when they leave their homes. As Muslims we listen and obey. Therefore do not come to
    conclusions out of your inwardly desires, or ignorance. May Allah Subhana give us
    all a true understanding of his deen, and save us from his punishment, Ameen, ya
    Rabal Alameen.Recommend

  • Mohsin

    Mr. Faraz you may check out the following link mentioning Quranic Verses and Ahadith related to face covering. We all need to educate ourselves about Islam. May Allah lead us to the right path.
    http://islamqa.info/en/13998Recommend

  • Furqan

    And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap their headcovers over their chests [24:31]Recommend

  • Milind A

    Problem solved… Now you can sleep peacefully!!!Recommend

  • Sane

    I could not complete the sentence. Indian Agents.Recommend

  • Sane

    How many of those you know. Have you any statistics or your whole write is based on assumptions. If on assumptions then its all fake.Recommend

  • Atif Hafeez

    The word headscarf here is an English translation of word “AURHNI”. which simply means a plain cloth and not something to cover the head. there is nothing mentioned in Quran to cover the head or hairs. It may be a good thing but not mandatory.Recommend

  • Pervez

    For those who quote the Quran to justify the hijab even in these times.. Quran also allows keeping slaves and having relations with female slaves. So is slavery alright in these times?Recommend

  • Nitin Jadhav

    In India, especially in my family.
    You have the freedom to believe in god or not to, and you decide what you wear and what you not wear.
    Be it a man or a woman.As long as you are a good person, and retain peace, you are good. !Recommend

  • Critical

    Yeah,thats why in the west,most of the rapists are barbers because they see that aphrodisiac at close quarters everyday……Recommend

  • abhi

    Go to the facebook page you will get at least 800,000 women who do not want to wear it in Iran.Recommend

  • Xyz

    Doesn’t the fact that women have to feel the need to wear hijab is actually a shameful fact for men? Doesn’t it actually mean that the woman is so afraid that the men around her may attack her just for showing her hair? I find it very odd when men think that hijab is required for women.
    Frankly I have no clue what’s the whole point of wearing a burka or hijab etc etc…. Fear of society?…. And is it ok to live in and promote that fear instead of fighting it? Hiding from the world…. God gave me one life and I don’t want to hide myself from the world …. Won’t I rather meet lots of people, explore, make new connections, share my laughter and my expressions?

    Just don’t understand the logicRecommend

  • Xyz

    I have met quite a few Iranian women in US…. Interestingly all their support for hijab goes out of the window soon as they are in a western countryRecommend

  • Arsha

    Isn’t it odd that men in such countries are most concerned about creating laws that have to do with how women should dress and behave and etc etc. For a change can we just let women be and let women decide what women should wear. I don’t see men being constantly instructed on how tight their jeans or tshirt can be or how short their shorts can be….. For some reason lot of men think women to be sexless creatures who do not get tempted.
    Trust me … We do …. The sight of a handsome face , strong legs, broad chest makes us drool too.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    I don’t support the French veil ban either. You need to challenge bad laws, not run from them.

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/23169/why-the-french-burqa-ban-upsets-me-as-a-secular-feminist/Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    There’s a common misconception that a man’s wife sister and mother are barbie dolls for him to dress, or pets for him to train.

    Turns out, they’re free citizens. I may object to how they live their personal lives, but I don’t feel authorized to impose my will on them. The women in my family dress up, marry or work as they please.Recommend

  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir

    Islam was the only deen that freed slaves and slave women. Both Hadrat Bilal RA,
    and Salman Farsi, RA, were slaves who were freed, and given a very high status in Islam. There are several ahadith where the last and final Prophet, the Habib of Allah,
    Mohammed SAWS, talks about the believers to manumit slave women and marry them.
    Islam encouraged all Muslims to be gentle and kind to slave women that you marry, to
    feed them, clothe, and protect them and teach them the deen of Allah, i.e Islam.
    Unfortunately when a person fails to comprehend the Arabic language of the miraculous Holy Quran, he then resorts to such statements that you made. The Quran is eternal, and the only book, the like of which can never made or written. It is a challenge to the universe. It’s laws, commands, instructions, and each and every word, is for all times. The Quran and Sunnah is the only constitution in the life of us Muslims, and must be implemented in the entire, socio, political, economic, and financial lives.
    Those who refuse or reject it, then for them is nothing but darkness, destruction, a
    hapless journey,s end, and a humiliating punishment in the hereafter.
    May Allah Subhana, guide us all to a true understanding of his deen, Ameen, Ya
    Rabal Alameen. All the best.Recommend

  • Furqan

    We always have excuses but non the less, for me it doesn’t matter.
    Every soul has to answer for his/her deeds. One should do as ones conscious tells. Allah is very forgiving.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Please tell me you’re over 60.Recommend

  • Arbit

    So tell me something. Is Arabic also a language for all universe and all times? Why was a book (Koran) which is for all universe and all times passed to us in only one language, which less than 1% of THIS world’s population understand?
    Of course there is bound to be confusion among non Arabic people due to language. And I see a lot of people like you putting others down and being patronizing – saying, oh you don’t know Arabic that’s why.Recommend

  • Saad

    The UAE follows shariah law and never had a western democratic system. Is there any forcing on women by mullahs? Apparently common sense is not very common these daysRecommend

  • Anwaar

    this may be the best reply ive seen :P …Recommend

  • Anwaar

    all the things about covering the face are written in brackets … you’re kidding right ?! …Recommend

  • Brain Think

    In the UAE, full shariah applies to their local women. Only foreigners are waived off, due to tourism dollars. Their own women are no better than the Saudi.Recommend

  • Saad

    Mate I think its better to check on your facts before stating such. Local women are not required by law to wear hijab, its more of a cultural thing. And what does that mean that their own women are no better than the Saudi? Its the government that is responsible for shariah laws, why degrade the women? Ironically you’re supporting women rights but degrading their women to be no better than the Saudi’sRecommend

  • Sardar singh

    Iran is more conservative than rest of the Islamic world,its time to raise voice for the oppressed people of Iran,good job done Faraz,keep it going.Recommend

  • islooboy

    some are forced toRecommend

  • islooboy

    It is?hmmRecommend

  • Animal Farm

    Please tell me that you dont get sarcasmRecommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    this is absolutely ridiculous. whats next? take off your sleeves? and so on and so forth.

    Dont get me wrong I’m all for liberty for women but this is IRAN we are talking about people! Its not Pakistan where there is no sharia law and everyone is not equal in eyes of law. I say women can do whatever they want in Pakistan because the men of Pakistan are merely following any Islamic laws so uncovered heads ans sleeveless dresses are not harming anyone in Pakistan.

    In Iran however, men are subject to strict Islamic laws just like women. So why should ONLY women be given the freedom to wear what they want? Men should be given the freedom to take off their shirts as well.

    #EqualityforallRecommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Curious never proof offered of “Indian Agents” over the last dozen years!!!
    Wonder Why it is so convenient to support the Foreign Hand delusions to deflect blame from our Pious Brothers?Recommend

  • sandeep

    Let women wear what they want man. If going to hell is determined by wearing a headscarf then religion is a joke. If they want to go to hell that is their problem not yours. Mind your own business. Enough of this. Human beings love freedom. It is the way we are born. Because of the strict laws they have in Saudi Arabia about gender mixing do you know that men have started experimenting with men? If you oppose freedom and keep people repressed this is what will happen.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Who is anybody to “give” or take away anyone’s rights? Each human has the right to make his/her own choices as long as it is within the boundaries of normal etiquette.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Well said.Recommend

  • Jayman

    I think what you’re accusing the writer of, applies more to your own views.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    No, its the man’s fault who raped the woman. A “pious” muslim should not even have dirty thoughts and even if he does than he should control it.

    ” strong aphrodisiac that it makes men go mad and lose his self control…” If there was even a shred of truth in it , we would be living in a catastrophe as most women don’t cover their heads especially in the west. So i guess the western immoral men are more “pious” because they don’t go “mad” at seeing a woman’s hair.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    Yes lets make namaz legally obligatory in all muslim countries… and then wait for the uproar. Also why not make it legally obligatory to make men lower their eyes when a woman passes near them and fine them if they don’t, after all its also ordained in quran. Just like the hijab.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    So you are saying men are fined for not lowering their gaze when a woman passes near them? Just asking.Recommend

  • Animal Farm

    Posting this once more as another person didnt get my sarcasmRecommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    In IRAN, yes.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Oops, my bad ! Didn’t look through your other posts.Recommend

  • Jayman

    @shahbaz Asif, with respect mate, what you say is untrue. You have either not read all of the holy text or you’re resorting to Al-Taqqiya. Here’s one para with reference:
    Bukhari (47.765) – A woman is rebuked by Muhammad for freeing a slave girl. The prophet tells her that she would have gotten a greater heavenly reward by giving her to a relative as a slave.

    Please stick to facts.Recommend

  • Syed

    I sincerely doubt if you have the authority to speak on behalf of all Iranian women who are just doing because they can be more westernized. There is a system of government in Iran. Its the law of the land. People who are not living in that country definitely do not have any right.

    You have proved your point in the past few years by writing articles to inflame anti Islam behavior. If you were enough educated then you should debate and don’t worry about others. As its very common in the WEST mind your own business.

    Lets debate with logic & common sense. I challenge.Recommend

  • Humza

    I have never seen an Iranian woman wear the Hijab outside of Iran in any Western country. What I have seen is that Iranian women who wear the Hijab suddenly remove them at the closest foreign airport outside of Iran – I first noticed this over 25 years ago at Frankfurt International Airport and after spending time in California I came to understand that the majority of Iranians are very much against the hijab which they feel is imposed on them. This is as true for the current generation of Iranians born after the revolution as is was for those from the time of the Shah.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    ooopsRecommend

  • Hameedullah

    Wow, things are even worse than i thought. I hope they are not fined for missing their prayers or not growing the beard.Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    They determine it if a woman complains about being stared. Since Islamic laws are really stricti and men and women are equal in eyes of law,women r empowered enough to stand for their rights in Iran, unlike in Pakistan, where there is no rule of law.Recommend

  • Guest

    If men not women were ordered to wear hijab, niqab or burqa even for a week, I bet all such rules will disappear.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    And your thinking is so warped that you think that advocating for the choice of wearing a head scarf or not amounts to proposing going naked in the streets. You are no different from people who consider women not wearing head scarf as prostitutes. Get a grip.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    Wow, its worse than i thought, though i hope they are not fined for missing their prayers or not growing a beard.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    Yes but how do they determine the woman is telling the truth? Or maybe if she misunderstood? How do you objectively determine such an “offense”?Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    there is a high level of trust and high regards for respect for women in Iran. They are not jaahil like pakistani women simply whining to create a scene in public. Laws and customs r really different and much more trustful and respectful in Iran.Recommend

  • Habib

    “I can’t speak for Pakistan, but I trust the author when he says that women are under pressure to keep their heads covered in public.” The author has written about Iran, not Pakistan.Recommend

  • Harris

    Yeah bro. I can’t wait to get my hands on the modern ‘Racist Manifesto’ by Dyllan Roof. I am sure this will sort everything out. White is always right!Recommend

  • Harris

    Absolutely agreed with the point of women who don’t want to wear it, but are forced to do so . Another good example is a country where women want to wear veils and aren’t allowed to do so. Rings a bell? I guess that is fine because that’s done under the guise of ‘secular/liberal democracy’?Recommend