Tensions Over the Recent Crackdown on Headscarfs are High as Iran Prepares for its Presidential Election

Tensions Over the Recent Crackdown on Headscarfs are High as Iran Prepares for its Presidential Election

Police vans scurry to important Tehran(Iran) squares and junctions seemingly every afternoon to look for ladies who dare to wear no headscarf at all or who are wearing them loosely.

Mahsa Amini died following her detention for refusing to wear a scarf that the authorities approved of, and it hasn’t been quite two years since there were widespread protests over her death. The 22-year-old died as a result of “physical violence” inflicted upon her by the state, according to a United Nations panel.

After Amini’s killing, there were months of turmoil that culminated in a brutal crackdown, and morality police temporarily vanished from the streets. However, as lawmakers continue to press for stiffer sanctions, footage of women being forcefully dragged into vans by police is also surfaceing. Authorities have also targeted businesses that cater to women who wear their hair uncovered, seizing thousands of cars in the process.

The renewed push for the hijab, dubbed the Noor, or “Light,” Plan by the police, started prior to President Ebrahim Raisi’s death in a helicopter crash. Whoever wins Friday’s vote to succeed the hard-line cleric will have a say in how strong this movement gets as well as how Iran handles any future unrest.

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