Iranian women who posted photos without hijabs face conservative backlash

Men’s Stealthy Freedoms Facebook page pokes fun at the women’s group with pictures of Iranian men wearing sheets and scarves on their head

Iranian women who posted pictures online of themselves with their hair uncovered are facing a growing backlash from conservative sections of the Islamic Republic.

Dozens of women posted photos of themselves on a Facebook page flouting the Islamic dress code in parks, at the seaside and in the streets.

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The My Stealthy Freedom group was set up by London-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad with the aim of sparking debate on whether women should have the right to choose what to wear.

Rival Facebook groups have been also been set up, including one called Real Freedom of Iranian Women, which was created in response to Ms Alinejad’s page.

They are having a good time at the Men’s page: Conchita Wurst as mermaid

Members write that the hijab is freeing and women should not be given the right to choose whether to wear it. Others posting on the page say they should be compulsory to protect women’s modesty.

In one post, the word rape has been written over the photos of three prominent Iranian journalist who work abroad and appear unveiled in their broadcasts. It was accompanied with a message warning that women who do not wear the hijab are more likely to get raped.

Another, entitled Men’s Stealthy Freedoms, pokes fun of the women’s group with pictures of Iranian men wearing sheets and scarves on their head.

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