Iranian ladies arrested whereas protesting headband regulation

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The chief prosecutor of Iran says 29 women detained over hijab protests were possibly incited or even funded by people from outside the Islamic republic.

Iranian police said on Thursday that 29 women had been arrested for protesting the country's compulsory hijab rules, the private Tasnim news agency reported.

Muslim American women discuss common misconceptions about the hijab.

"It's evident by the fact that the morality police are on constant patrol of the streets of major cities like Tehran", Dagres said.

Observers see the anti-headscarf protests as a kind of second wave of demonstration after political and economic rallies rocked the country late a year ago, prompting the government to promise to pay more heed to the problems of the Iranian population.

Recent anti-hijab rallies were inspired by a lone female demonstrator who, while standing in central Tehran, waved her white headscarf on a stick.




Police in Iran seemed to take an indirect shot at Alinejad's campaign on Thursday, saying the 29 arrested women were "tricked" into removing their hijabs by a propaganda campaign spread by Iranians living overseas, the private news agency Tasnim reported. Men in Iran too have joined the protests and are now waving white flags in support of women's freedom of choice.

Mohaved attracted attention during the demonstrations when a video of her protesting went viral.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian women in public have been obliged to cover their head with a scarf in line with teachings of Islam.

"The movement started inside Iran".

Amnesty International called on Iranian authorities to "end the persecution of women who speak out against compulsory veiling, and abolish this discriminatory and humiliating practice". The Iranian government moved in swiftly and arrested close to 1,000 protesters. "If these protests gain traction, we might see a shift", she said.

"The girl of Enghelab Street has been released", human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wrote in a post on her Facebook page on January 28. "Once upon a time we imposed restrictions on women and put them under unnecessary pressure and that provoked these protests with women taking off their headscarves in the streets", she told ILNA.

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