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Iranian Women Are Reportedly Being Arrested for Protesting the Country's Hijab Law

Iranian Women Are Reportedly Being Arrested for Protesting the Country's Hijab Law

Iranian police say they have detained 29 women they described as "deceived" who removed their obligatory Islamic veils in protest.

Alinejad runs the website My Stealthy Freedom, in which women in Iran post pictures of themselves in public without their headscarves.

"It's evident by the fact that the morality police are on constant patrol of the streets of major cities like Tehran", Dagres told Al Jazeera.

Observers see the anti-headscarf protests as a kind of second wave of demonstration after political and economic rallies rocked the country late a year ago, prompting the government to promise to pay more heed to the problems of the Iranian population.

Social media has been filled with photographs of the women in Tehran holding their scarves on sticks while standing on various items of street furniture. Tasnim, an Iranian news agency close to the government, said that the detainees were part of the anti-headscarf campaign known as White Wednesdays.

"The Iranian police announced in 2014 that they've warned, arrested or sent to court almost 3.6 million women because of having bad hijab, so these arrests are not new, if people are protesting it's exactly because of such a crackdown", she told the Guardian. Men in Iran too have joined the protests and are now waving white flags in support of women's freedom of choice.

The image of the woman spread on social media.

Women across Iran have been removing their headscarves in public to protest Iran's strict Islamic dress code.

"The movement started inside Iran".

Omid Memarian, a US-based Iranian journalist who was once imprisoned in Iran, wrote on social media that the fight against forced hijab "is not about whether the hijab is good or bad".

According to Al-Araby, women showing their hair in public can be jailed for up to two months or fined $25.

Hardline officials have said the protesters were responsible for those deaths, while the government has said some of the dead committed suicide, a claim that has been angrily rejected by government critics. "It is a prelude to infringing all their rights", she said.

She added that when it comes to women's rights in Iran, amendments to the marriage and divorce laws need greater attention.