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The Islamic Republic of Iran has a set of laws that are intended to ensure that all women adhere to a particular dress code. Women who are found to be not in compliance with the law can be arrested, fined, and even imprisoned. In some cases, women have been reported to have been raped in order to make them comply with the modesty laws.

This is in addition to the other forms of punishment that can be imposed. The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries in the world to use rape as a form of punishment, and it is widely condemned by international rights groups.

Rape is a serious crime in Iran and is punishable by law. However, the enforcement of women’s modesty through the threat of rape has been widely reported in the country.

The Iranian government has been accused of using rape as a way to punish and control women who fail to adhere to its strict dress code and other moral codes. Reports of these cases have been documented by international human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch.

In some cases, women have been raped as punishment for engaging in activities deemed as “immoral” or “un-Islamic” by the government. This has been used as a way to discourage women from engaging in activities that are not approved by the authorities.

What are Iran’s modesty laws?

Iran has some of the most restrictive laws on clothing in the world. These laws, known as modesty laws, require that both men and women abide by certain standards of dress. Women must cover their hair and wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs, while men must cover their arms and legs and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing. These laws are enforced by the country’s morality police, and those who are found to be in violation of the modesty laws face fines, imprisonment, and even lashes.

Role of Iran’s morality police

The role of the Iranian morality police is to enforce Islamic laws that are based on Sharia law. The morality police are responsible for ensuring that citizens abide by the strict dress code, gender segregation, and bans on alcohol and other activities seen as immoral. They also patrol public spaces, including parks, to ensure that people are not engaging in activities that violate Islamic laws. They may also monitor internet use, especially social media, to detect violations of Islamic religious and moral codes. The morality police have the authority to issue fines and other punishments for violations of Islamic law.

Vida Movahed

Iran anti-hijab protest

The anti-hijab protest in Iran began on December 28, 2017, when a woman, later identified as Vida Movahed, removed her hijab in a public place in Tehran and waved it on a stick in protest. The move sparked a wave of similar protests throughout the country as women came out in droves to express their opposition to the mandatory hijab. In the weeks that followed, hundreds of women staged protests in cities throughout the country, often with police officers watching closely. In response to the protests, the government arrested dozens of women and issued warnings to others. The protests continued throughout 2018 and 2019, with women taking to the streets in cities such as Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz. In 2019, the Iranian government began to make concessions, allowing women to wear hijabs in colours other than black and loosening other restrictions on women’s dress.

Mahsa Amini’s death

Mahsa Amini

Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian rights activist, was found dead in her cell in the notorious Qarchak prison in Iran in late August 2020. It is believed that she died after suffering physical and psychological abuse while in custody.

Her death has been met with an outcry from international human rights organizations, which have condemned the Iranian government for its mistreatment of prisoners and violation of human rights.

The Iranian government has denied any responsibility for her death, claiming that she committed suicide. However, her family and human rights groups have disputed this claim, citing the fact that she had no history of mental illness and had been in good spirits prior to her death.

The Iranian government arrested a prominent actor on Saturday for supporting the three-month-old protest movement sparked by the death of a detainee, Iranian media reported.

Tasnim reported that Taraneh Alidoosti, 38, had been detained for “publishing false and distorted content and stirring up chaos.”
The actress is best known for her role in the Oscar-winning 2016 film “The Salesman”.