29 women have been arrested for appearing without the headscarf in public as a protest against compulsory dress code in force since 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian media reported on Friday.
Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, the chief prosecutor has played down the escalation protest on Wednesday, saying they were ‘trivial’ and ‘childish’ moves possibly incited by foreigners, as stated in AFP.
11 women protesting the same way had been widely shared on social media and gained worldwide attention.
Montazeri said those floating “hijab” rules — which require headscarves and modest clothing — must have been encouraged by outsiders, as told to AFP.
Soheila Jolodarzadeh, a female member of the Iranian parliament, said the protests were the result of longstanding restrictions. “They’re happening because of our wrong approach,” she said, according to the semi-official Ilna news agency, As mentioned in The Guardian.
As tweeted by Golnaz, journalist for REF/RL tweeted the pictures of Headscarf campaign
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) February 2, 2018
There have been campaigns going previously like ‘The Stealthy Freedom’, an online movement initiated by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian born journalist, and US-based activist. It has also inspired women to fight for their rights.
Iranian police arrest 29 for involvement in hijab protests here we R taking off our https://t.co/3iRdr6Fjz9 arresting our sisters we won’t give up.#FreeHijabProtesters #FreeGirlsOfRevolutionSt
٢٩ نَفَر را زنداني كرديد ما تكثير مي شويم#معترضان_حجاب_اجبارى_را_آزاد_كنيد pic.twitter.com/jKRCb4U7q1
— My Stealthy Freedom (@masihpooyan) February 2, 2018
(Inputs from AFP)