Monday, May 2, 2016 2:23:21 PM
Iran is a country which has been moved backwards since Revolution of 1979 under Islamic regime. Women have been the biggest targets of this backward movement for being humiliated and limited by imposed Sharia Law. Mandatory hijab is one of the harshest rules out of many others from Sharia Law which imposed on women since arrival of the theocratic- dictatorship regime. Almost half of 80 million population of Iran comprises of women and it means half of the society suffers from constant pressure.
When Khomeini came to power as a “spiritual” leader he made many promises which never being fulfilled. One of his comments meant: not only are we going to make your material life better but also we will make your spiritual life better too. Now after 38 years; poverty, Islamic prostitution in the name of “Sighe”, highest rates of divorce, highest rates of addiction among women and decline of morality in family and society indicate material and spiritual life of Iranians and especially women have been highly deteriorated.
Mandatory hijab has created many limitations in everyday life of women since their presence in public as young as grade 1. Double standard of raising boys and girls and on top of that; limitations of Sharia Law has created an atmosphere for women which is not tolerable anymore. Since first days of revolution there has been many different kind of security guards either in patrol or in foot patrol by plain clothes to control women’ hijab in public and private sector, school, university and anywhere out of private homes.
Women and young girls are constantly conscious about their hijab and the way they dress for public. When half population of the society constantly worry about being caught by “morality” police in public; other half of society cannot live in peace. Iran and Saudi Arabia are two Islamic countries in the world which hijab is mandatory. Iranian women before Islamic revolution had free choice of clothing.
By: Mansoureh Nasserchian