Iran proposes heavier penalties for women refusing the hijab
Despite mass demonstrations in 2022 supporting women's right to bare their heads, Iranian authorities are considering a draft law that proposes prison terms of five to ten years (up from ten days to two months) for women to refuse to wear the hijab, substantial fines for businesses and celebrities who disobey the rules, and the use of AI to identify women violating the code. The Iranian parliament would vote on the bill in the next two months. Security forces are already using some of the measures in the draft bill.
Writer: Celine Alkhaldi and Nadeen Ebrahim
Publication date: 2023-08-02