Despite strict laws and penalties, there are many women who defy and challenge the hijab law in Iran.
- A person who does not know Iran, and who see many girls who have not covered their hair a hundred percent, might think that this is something the authorities tolerate. But this is an ongoing battle in Iran, where women challenge this law and risking punishment, says Iran Human Rights' Amiry-Moghaddam, to the Norwegian news outlet Nettavisen.
Iran Human Rights has no figures on women who have been punished for being obscene dressed in Iran. But Amiry-Moghaddam says hijab is a very important issue for the Iranian regime, and that the hijab even is being discussed in Iran's National Security Council.
- Every year the government arrange police actions where they arrest women who are not properly dressed up with hijab, throwing them into custody and treat them like criminals.
Amiry-Moghaddam says that even the newspapers in Iran engage in self-censorship, and altering images that contradict with the strict dress code. He cites one example of a photograph of female soldiers in North Korea who have not covered their legs. Iranian media chose to manipulate the image and "dressed" the women with stockings.
According to Iran Human Rights, over 700 people were executed last year. 2014 was a record year in the number of executions, and is one of the highest figures in over a decade.
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