Videos Shed Light On ‘Violent Assaults’ On Iranian Women Over Dress Code

Videos shared on social media recently have demonstrated the “shocking levels of abuse” women in Iran face from morality police and pro-government “thugs” seeking to enforce the country’s strict dress code, Amnesty International says.

“Iran’s forced hijab laws are not only deeply degrading and discriminatory, they are also being used to justify violent assaults on women and girls in the streets,” Philip Luther, the London-based human rights watchdog’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, said in a statement on March 12.

The statement said that women in Iran were “routinely stopped in the street at random by morality police, who insult and threaten them, order them to pull their head scarves forward to hide strands of hair, or give them tissues to wipe off their make-up.”

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