Brave Woman Removes Hijab During Anti-Government Protests in Iran
A woman who took off her hijab during anti-government protests in Iran has been branded a hero.
The lone woman was filmed without the traditional Middle Eastern head dress and waving a white flag, in an apparent protest against the country's strict dress code for women.
Laws have been in place in Iran since 1979 stating women must observe the Islamic dress code. Prior to Islamist rule, Iran was a progressive society where women refused to wear hijabs as they were viewed as oppressive and they had the right to do so.
Over the years, the country has reverted into an Islamist society where women are forced to cover themselves and non-Muslims face persecution.
This week police in capital Tehran announced they would no longer arrest women who fail to observe the strict Islamic dress code.
However, local news reports suggest women who wear non-Islamic dress could still be made to attend classes given by police.
The clip was posted to Twitter by Armin Navabi, an atheist and author of a book called Why There Is No God.
He captioned the video: "This woman in #Iran took off her #Hijab to protest the mandatory Islamic dress code imposed on Iranian women. #IStandWithHer #IranProtests #Islam.”
The tweet has been liked and shared thousands of times with many people offering their support to her.
One commented: “She’s a real hero” while another said: “Person of the year 2017… Awesome courage.”
Others called the woman brave and inspirational.
Pro-government demonstrations have also taken place throughout the country, to counter the critics.
Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli urged people "not to participate in these illegal gatherings as they will create problems for themselves and other citizens".
American President Donald Trump warned Iran the “world is watching” and said the Iranian government should “respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves”.