Hijab: Iran to install cameras in public sites, police say

In a further attempt to curb the rise of women defying Iran’s mandatory dress code, authorities are installing cameras in public places and thoroughfares to identify and punish unveiled women, police said. announced on Saturday.

After the offender is identified, the offender will be sent a “consequence warning text message,” police said in a statement.

The move aims to “prevent resistance to the hijab law,” and statements carried by the judiciary’s Mizan news agency and other state media said such resistance would tarnish Iran’s mental image and spread unrest. added.

Since the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in moral police custody last September, more and more Iranian women have taken off their veils. Mahsa Amini was detained on suspicion of violating hijab rules. After her death, security forces violently crushed the protests.

But while risking arrest for breaking mandatory dress codes, women are still widely seen in malls, restaurants, shops and streets across the country. The videos are flooding social media.

Meanwhile, at a school in the central town and northwestern city of Ardabil, dozens of schoolgirls on Saturday reported a new case of an addiction suspected to have affected hundreds of schoolgirls across Iran earlier this year. I got sick from the waves.

A security official in Ardabil told reporters that he was “immediately transferred to a medical center by paramedics this morning because he had an unpleasant odor, had a burning sensation in his throat and felt weak.”

A fact-finding commission investigating the alleged poisoning is due to report to parliament in about two weeks, its chairman was told by the semi-official news agency ILNA.

Authorities have accused the Islamic Republic of “enemies” of using the attack to undermine the position of the cleric. But skepticism has been cast on a hard-line group that claims to be the guardian of its own interpretation of Islam.

A police statement on Saturday on the hijab law called on business owners to “seriously monitor compliance with social norms with diligent inspections.”

Under Iran’s Islamic Shariah law, which came into force after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, women are required to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothing to hide their figure. Violators face public condemnation, fines, or arrest.

In a March 30 statement, the Ministry of Interior described the veil as “one of the civilized foundations of the Iranian state” and “one of the practical principles of the Islamic Republic,” urging it to step back on the issue. said no.

It prompted citizens to confront the unveiled women. Such directives over the past few decades have emboldened hardliners to attack women. Last week, a viral video showed a man throwing yogurt at two unveiled women inside a store.

(Editing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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