Lawmakers passed a bill laying out harsh penalties for violations of Tehran’s religious dress code
FILE PHOTO: Iranian women attend a ceremony in support of the Islamic dress code for women, in Tehran, Iran, July 11, 2019. © AP / Vahid Salemi
Iran is set to adopt a new law that threatens stricter punishments for women who refuse to wear the mandatory Islamic headscarf, including prison sentences up to a decade for those involved in organized protests against the rule.
The country’s parliament – the Islamic Consultative Assembly – passed the legislation on Wednesday, voting to impose the new law on a trial basis for three years before it expires. Iran’s Guardian Council, an oversight agency made up of religious and legal experts, still must approve the measure before it is enacted.
The law offers dozens of amendments to Tehran’s religious dress code, which has been in force for both men and women since the country’s 1979 revolution, with more than 70 articles defining rules and penalties for rule-breakers.