Risking Jail, Iranian Women Protest Obligatory Headscarf

At least five women took off their head scarves in different public locations as a protest against the official dress code

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More women in #Iran are risking imprisonment by removing their #hijab to protest against forced hijab and posting it with the hashtag #دختران_خیابان_انقلاب meaning “the girls of Enghelab street”
Twitter: Women in #Iran are risking imprisonment by removing their #hijab to protest against forced hijab and posting it with the hashtag #دختران_خیابان_انقلاب meaning “the girls of Enghelab street”Credit: Twitter - @ArminNavabi

Social media postings show at least five women in Iran protesting the obligatory Muslim headscarf by taking theirs off and waving them on sticks. The videos and photos show individual women in separate locations in Tehran and Isfahan.

Masoud Sarabi, who witnessed one of the protests, on Monday confirmed the authenticity of a video shot on Tehran's Enghelab Street. The others appeared to be authentic, but The Associated Press could not independently verify them.

Vida Movahed takes off her hijab in Tehran. December 29, 2017 Credit: 2009IranRevolution

The women appear to be following the lead of a 31-year-old protester identified as Vida Movahed, who took off her headscarf on the same street in December.

Praying Iranian women in traditional headscarves. December 23, 2013.Credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Movahed, a mother of a 20-month-old daughter, was detained for a few weeks and then released. To support Movahed in her act of protest, many Iranians shared hashtag on their social media profiles that translates as "The Enghelab Street girl."

Women showing their hair in public can be jailed for up to two months and fined $25.

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