Thousands of Iranian women took to the streets once again on Sunday evening, to protest against Iran’s mandatory hijab rules.
Earlier in the day, Iran had declared a new initiative to enforce the obligatory wearing of the Islamic headscarf for women and the return of the morality police to the streets. The announcement comes nearly a year after protests erupted in response to the death of 22 year-old Jîna Mahsa Amini, who passed away after she was detained by the morality police.
Meanwhile the Iran’s morality police have made a reappearance on the streets of Tehran and other cities.
Massive protests erupted in Rasht in northern Iran after security forces attempted to arrest three women for not adhering to the hijab laws, Iran International reported.
A video of the incident shows the morality police trying to apprehend the three women. However, a number of bystanders intervened, rescuing the women from the clutches of the police.
In a separate incident that further fuelled public anger, a video emerged on Saturday showing a hijab enforcer attacking and attempting to detain a teenage girl. The video quickly went viral on Persian Twitter, adding to the mounting discontent among the population.
Over the past six months, an increasing number of women in Iran have been shedding the hijab and opting for a more relaxed form of dress when appearing in public.