Iranian Women Take Off Headscarves To Protest Against Mandatory Hijab Laws

| January 31 , 2018 , 13:05 IST

Iranian women on Monday held a protest in Tehran against the mandatory hijab laws by putting their scarves on sticks in the middle of the busy streets. The first woman protesting against the veil law, got the title of “girl of the revolution street”, this soon turned into a hashtag, #girlsofrevolution after others joined her.

The Islamic dress code, established in the 1979 revolution, considers the Islamic veil or hijab, mandatory for any woman over age of 13 in Iran and says that they must cover themselves from head to foot while they reject any dress that embraces the figure.

Since removing the hijab in Iran in public can lead to arrest or detention of women, powerful images have appeared on social media of a number of women, their heads uncovered, holding their hijabs on the end of sticks and standing on utility boxes on street sidewalks.

According to writer Mona Eltahawy, "a total of 6 women made the same symbolic gesture: taking off their headscarves in public and waving them on a stick, emulating a young woman who climbed on the same sort of utility box on Dec.27 and was subsequently arrested," she tweeted on Tuesday. Her statement added,“I took my scarf off because I’m tired of our government telling me what to do with my body.”

People from all over the world, are supporting the Iranian women and think that the veil law should be banned and women should be treated equally as men.