“Improper veiling”: A reason to be harassed and trampled in Iran


This covertly filmed mobile phone footage shows Iranian regime security forces deliberately driving their vehicle over a woman who protested after the officers stopped and abused her for being “improperly veiled”.   After verbally abusing the woman, the regime officers took her ID card and got back into their vehicle. When she stood in front of it to protest, they drove the minibus into her, pinning her under it.

According to the Islamic Republic’s laws, women must be veiled and dressed in a “chador or loose, over-the-knee long dress with long sleeves, without any markings [slogans or patterns] or trousers, and wear a large scarf in conventional colors to cover the head, hair and neck.  Unconventional jewelry should not be used. Make-up is forbidden.”  Males are subject to similar proscriptions, being instructed to refrain from “wearing tight t-shirts or short-sleeved shirts, tight trousers or jeans, clothing with Western symbols, ornaments, wide belts with unconventional buckles, or having unsuitable hair or beard designs.”  Those who defy these draconian regulations can be and regularly are arrested, fined and/or imprisoned.

The latest repressive clothing regulations, approved by the “moderate reformist” Rouhani administration, were first introduced last year by Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, currently the mayor of Tehran and a former senior commander in the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).  They were initially implemented in municipalities of Tehran before being rolled out nationally by other state agencies.

The regime routinely uses the pretext of combating “mal-veiling” by women (when their hair is visible under the hijab) as a pretext for further punishment and persecution.  Such repressive measures, particularly against women and young people, have greatly increased under Rouhani’s administration, lauded by former US president Barrack Obama for its “moderation” since the country’s theocratic leadership is increasingly fearful of growing social protests from a populace fed up with the regime’s totalitarian medieval nature.  More and more Iranians now refer to the regime contemptuously as the “Godfather of ISIS.”