Woman Challenges Cleric Who Orders Her to Fix Hijab in Iran

Published August 18th, 2018 - 08:08 GMT
Brave Iranian woman confronts a cleric (Twitter)
Brave Iranian woman confronts a cleric (Twitter)

Provocative footage has emerged of the moment a Muslim woman challenges a cleric who ordered her to fix her hijab on a public street in Iran.

The man can be seen telling the woman to 'fix your hijab or I'll get you arrested' when the woman bravely rips the veil off her head in anger and walks away.

 

The Facebook group My Stealthy Freedom, which uploaded the video on Friday, described the cleric's behaviour as 'humiliating and arrogant'.

 

'This is the wrong culture that has been telling women for forty years now. Those who want to conquer women always betray the concept of struggle and freedom,' the caption reads.

Iranian law for the last four decades has dictated that women must cover their heads in public, with failure to do so a jailable offence.

However, there is a growing movement of people in Iran who oppose the laws that make it mandatory for women to wear veils.

The My Stealthy Freedom group encourages women to practice daily civil disobedience and to protest patiently and respectfully.

They aim to film and hold those to account for their 'ugly' behaviour.

'If you are offended, film their ugly behavior. Let them publish their own responsibility for the ugliness of their behavior,' the group says.

'This brave woman challenges a cleric in front of him,' Journalist and campaigner Masih Alinejad, who founded My Stealthy Freedom, said.

'The cleric tells her that she'd get arrested because her hijab is not appropriate. She storms off and completely removes her hijab in front of the cleric while standing her ground.

'This campaign is addressed to women who willingly wear the veil, but who remain opposed to the idea of imposing it on others,' Masih added.

In June this year, a woman was filmed defying morality police in Iran after she was told to put on a veil.

In February, Shaparak Shajarizadeh was arrested after she was filmed standing on a traffic island in the Iranian capital Tehran, while waving her headscarf around on the end of a stick.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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