Hijab must be free, not compulsory


[Mostafa Tajzadeh, the Iranian reformist politician, is talking about why hijab should be by choice and not by force in Iranian society.]


MOSTAFA TAJZADEH says why he believes in hijab by choice: I said… Well, we were sitting and talking. He suddenly said, ‘Mr. Tajzadeh?’ I said yes. He said, ‘Do you endorse free hijab? Do you think hijab must become free?’ I said yes. He said, ‘Why?’ I said because of my family—all of them from my wife to my sister and brother, my mother and father—were with hijabs. And they all believe in it.

MOSTAFA TAJZADEH talks about dangers of compulsory hijab: I believe that compulsory hijab will uproot hijab. In this society, I believe that to save hijab, it must be free. And I do believe that just as Reza Shah couldn’t make this society without hijab, so you [the regime] too cannot make this society with hijab by force. Everyone should follow his or her own conviction.