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Source: IranWire

Apr 17, 2024

'War Against Women,' Iran Intensifies Hijab Crackdown

Users across social networks are participating in a spontaneous campaign, using the hashtag "war against women," to document their experiences and observations regarding the government's crackdown on opponents of the mandatory hijab.

Reports have surfaced detailing the application of repressive tactics, particularly focusing on female students in various universities.

Moreover, pressure on civil activists, political dissenters, women political prisoners, and cultural figures is mounting.

On Wednesday, amid the widespread presence of police and moral security forces in Iranian streets for the fourth consecutive day, numerous accounts of oppression and harassment against women opposing the mandatory hijab have emerged from various cities across Iran.

A video depicting the extensive deployment of Moral Police vans in Ardabil city illustrates the authorities' efforts to apprehend such women.

Journalist Samira Rahi reported via her social media account that a 12-year-old girl was detained by Morality Police in Karaj.

Furthermore, an image circulating on social media shows hundreds of special forces agents surrounding a theater area in the capital.

The Dadban legal group shared a video depicting the violent arrest of a young woman in Tehran.

IranWire investigations reveal heightened pressure on female students across various universities.

Security officers at Sanandaj University harassed female students under the pretext of "improper" attire, threatening to file cases and refer them to disciplinary committees.

Additionally, some female students had their student cards confiscated and were warned of welfare and educational facility deprivations unless they comply with university-approved clothing standards.

Reports also indicate warnings issued by dormitory officials to female students regarding their attire, despite the absence of men in the dormitory area.

IranWire learned of gender segregation at university entrances, such as Amirkabir University, and the use of facial recognition cameras at Al-Zahra University to monitor student movement.

The United Students Telegram channel corroborated these reports, mentioning the installation of facial recognition gates at Al-Zahra Girls' University entrances.

The ensuing long queues at these gates have become a logistical issue for dormitory students.

The police command in Iran's capital announced that beginning Saturday, there will be heightened enforcement of mandatory hijab laws, warning Iranian women and girls of legal repercussions if they fail to comply.

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