Unveiled! Half of Iran says no to head scarves
While ending the reign of pro-western monarchy, the Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979 also enforced a minimum of Islamic covering — or hijab — for women. Now, 39 years later, winds of change are once again sweeping the region with nearly half of Iranians wanting to end the requirement of women covering their heads in public. It was already known that millions of more liberal-minded Iranians are flinging off their veils as soon as they step inside.
The government in Tehran on Sunday released a report that had been kept secret over the past three-years — showing public resentment against the veil. As many as 49.8 per cent Iranians, both women and men, described the veil as a private matter, asking the government to stop having a say in it.
The issue is snowballing into a major controversy between President Hassan Rouhani, known as liberal political face, and Iran’s hard-line judiciary as well as supreme spiritual leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei. The hijab was seen as a pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The law regarding the scarf has been enforced since 1979, and a head scarf is ‘obligatory’ for every woman in the country, even tourists and visiting foreign …read more