“Those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers, nor will judicial cases be filed against them,” Tehran police chief General Hossein Rahimi said, according to local media reports. Instead of being placed under arrest by morality police or issued fines for “bad hijabs,” as has often happened in the past, women seen in public not wearing a hijab will be forced to attend Islam educational classes.
In Iran, some women have long protested being forced to wear a headscarf to cover their hair while in public. The backlash to the requirement began in 1979, just after the revolution. On March 8, International Women’s Day, that year, more than 100,000 Iranian women took to the streets to demonstrate against the new mandate.
Authorities in Iran’s capital city Tehran announced this week that women who walk around in public without the proper head coverings will no longer be arrested.