The Iranian regime struck two enemies at the same time. Israel and the disobedient Iranian woman.

The Iranian regime struck two enemies at the same time.  Israel and the disobedient Iranian woman.

Over the past year, Iranian women have been able to enjoy moments without the hijab, without hassle from the morality police.

This angered the country's supreme leader. He asked the police to intensify the pursuit of women who defy the order.

Now the morality police have begun to take strict action against women who do not wear the hijab.

Flapping hair has become too much for Iran's clerics.

The short version

“My hands were tied when a police officer approached me. Then he touched my face. I couldn’t stop him because I was tied up. One of the police officers also sexually assaulted me.” This was written by young journalist Dina Qalibaf on Twitter.

According to the young woman from Tehran, it started with not covering her well enough. She was violently dragged into the room by the morality police. There, she is said to have received an electric shock in her arm while her hands were tied.

This should have happened Monday evening. Qalibaf was released on the same day.

Late Tuesday evening, Ghalibaf was arrested again at her home after she shared what happened to her on social media.

An escalation in the pursuit of women without a hijab

On Sunday night, Iran sent hundreds of drones and missiles against Israel. On the same day, the notorious morality police prepared to punish women who did not cover up adequately.

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This happened just days after the country's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, made a tough speech that all women must wear the hijab. He claimed that women who oppose wearing the hijab are subject to the control of foreigners. Khamenei also asked the authorities to intensify the pursuit of women who defied the order.

After this speech, the Tehran police announced, on Saturday, that it would begin a new phase of implementing the hijab law.

Last summer, the Iranian parliament passed a new law. It's implied Women who do not cover themselves well may be subject to harsher penalties than before. But the law was not implemented. for now.

The new crackdown comes 19 months after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Mahsa Jina Amini while in the custody of Iran's morality police. She was arrested in Tehran for allegedly not covering her hair well enough.

Amini's death sparked nationwide protests that continued for several months.

The morality police are gradually becoming less visible on the streets of Iran.

At the same time, more and more women broke the law by dropping their headscarves.

Now the regime wants to put an end to that.

The morality police are back

Tehran Police Chief Abbas Ali Mohammadian said on Saturday that the morality police would once again warn and arrest women without the veil.

In the capital, the first two police officers from the morality police can be seen on the streets in cars with special markings.

Morality police arrest women without hijab on a street in Tehran

Several sources spoke to the Aftenposten newspaper to confirm the return of the morality police in large numbers.

– They're back on the streets. When the morality police saw me, I quickly put on my hijab. “As soon as they can’t see me anymore, I take it off again,” Shima, 26, says by phone from Tehran.

The regime fears losing power

The hijab has become a symbol of the regime. In the past year and a half, many women have removed their hijab in protest.

This has frightened the government, which fears losing power if it allows further resistance, says journalist and political activist Adnan Hassanpour to Aftenposten.

He was sentenced to death in 2007 on charges of espionage, but after spending nearly ten years in prison, he was released in 2016.

Summer is approaching, and the regime may be afraid that women will wear lighter clothing. Hasanpour believes that the authorities will use all their power to stop them before then.

Several cases of police violence against women have already been reported. Soon, many Iranians began sharing their experiences with the morality police on social media.

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Samira Al-Rahi signed Twitter A girl, only 12 years old, was taken by the morality police in the city of Karaj, south of Tehran. The morality police did not allow the girl’s mother to join her daughter in the police car, and she was left alone.

“They are waging a kind of war against women and girls of all ages,” Rahi wrote.

He refused to give up the fight against compulsory hijab

Many Iranian women refuse to give up the fight against mandatory hijab. They have posted pictures of themselves without the hijab on social media and say they will not submit to the regime's strict new rules.

An Iranian woman posted a photo of X from inside a police car. She wrote that she was put in the car because she refused to wear a shawl when a female police officer asked her to do so.

During New Year celebrations on March 21 in the Kurdish part of Iran, many women and girls defied the mandatory hijab order. Through it, they sent a message that they would no longer bend to the oppressive dress code imposed by the regime.

Women in Iran are stubborn. They do not adhere to the rules of the hijab. If this continues, the confrontations will start again. “We are not backing down,” says 25-year-old Beria, who travels from Karaj to Aftenposten.

Her Instagram profile is full of pictures of herself and other girls without hijab on the streets of Karaj.

– Women have woken up and want freedom. The regime cannot force society to return to what it was before, says journalist and activist Hassan Pour.

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