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Two Iranian Women Face ‘Yoghurt Attack’ and Detention for Not Covering Hair

President Raisi says hijab is the law and women should don it as a "religious necessity"

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Sadaf Hasan
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IRAN: In Iran, two women have been detained after being attacked by yoghurt, ostensibly for not covering their hair in public. In the viral footage, two unveiled female customers are approached by a man who starts talking to them. Then, he takes what seems to be a tub of yoghurt off a shelf and furiously throws it over their heads.

Iran’s judiciary stated that two women have been arrested for showing their hair in public, which is prohibited in Iran. The man has also been detained for disturbing public order, it continued.

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The arrests came after months of protests where people called for the hijab (headscarf) to no longer be required. The video shows the women waiting for a staff member to service them in the store. Then, an individual who appeared to be passing by approached them. He talks, then repeatedly throws yoghurt at them. The shopkeeper then pushed the assailant out of the shop.

The Mizan news service of the judiciary says that the three were arrested after arrest warrants were issued for them. To guarantee compliance with the legislation, “necessary notices” have been given to the shop owner, it says.

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In the country, it is against the law for women to not wear the hijab in public. Nevertheless, in major towns, many women still do so. Outrage and frustration with the legislation have sparked dissension in Iranian society.

After Mahsa Amini, 22, who had been detained by Tehran’s morality police for reportedly donning her hijab “improperly,” died in September, protests broke out all over the Islamic Republic. The demonstrations widened, but the hijab controversy stayed at its core.

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Since December, thousands of demonstrators have been detained, and four of them have been killed. The government, however, doesn’t show any signs of relenting.

A hard-line Iranian MP named Hossein Ali Haji Deligani has given the judiciary 48 hours to come up with ways to stop people from breaking the law.

Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, said again on Saturday that Iranian women should wear the hijab because it is a “religious necessity.” “Hijab is a legal matter, and adherence to it is obligatory,” he added.

Also Read: Women Without Hijab Will Face Legal Action in Iran: Judiciary Chief

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