Sept. 3, 2019
- Iran Battles “Bad Hijab”
In recent months, Iranian police have tried to implement the “Watch 1” plan to confront women who ignore strict standards for wearing the Muslim hijab head covering while riding in vehicles. If women are seen with “loose hijab” revealing any hair while driving or being passengers in vehicles, the police send a text message to the car’s owner, giving them 72 hours to present themselves to the Morality Police headquarters and commit in writing that they will never repeat the offense. If the offense is repeated for a third time, the police will confiscate the vehicle.
Beginning this week, police are set to implement the “Watch 2” plan, in which officers will be deployed in public places, including supermarkets and beaches, to “verbally warn” women considered to have “bad hijab.” An additional plan, “Watch 3,” will control women’s dress factories and shops to prevent them from producing or selling “non-Islamic” clothes. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has advised law enforcement officers to enforce the Islamic dress code with full force. (Radio Farda)