This Woman Removing Her Hijab And Dancing Could Face Two Months In Prison For Expressing Her Freedom
Another shot fired in the ongoing hijab wars.
A video thought to have been taken in Iran of a woman dancing and removing her hijab has gone viral.
This is not the first time this video has garnered attention. An article by the Jerusalem Post reported that the footage, apparently first posted in 2010, was going viral in May of this year.
The hijab, or head scarf, is required to be worn by all women and girls, aged 9 and older, under Iran's Islamic Penal Code, which indicates that "women, who appear in public places and roads without wearing an Islamic hijab, shall be sentenced to ten days to two months" imprisonment or a fine of fifty thousand to five hundred Rials."
Because of the risk of imprisonment, protests over the hijab often take place over social media. A Facebook page entitled My Stealthy Freedom recently made headlines for its pictures of women in Iran going without the hijab.www.facebook.com According to iranchamber.com, the hijab is "compulsory not just for Iranian Muslim women but also for members of Iran's religious minorities and foreign female visitors in all public spaces." www.facebook.com www.facebook.com Masoumeh Alinejad, a London-based journalist and the founder of the page, recently found herself the target of a smear campaign by the Iranian government, who falsely reported that she had been gang-raped in front of her son. time.com
This attempt to silence and defame her only bolstered her campaign. Her Facebook page now has over 600,000 likes and continues to grow.www.facebook.com
Alinejad also has her share of detractors in the form of Iranian women who feel that the hijab is a necessary component of social and religious modesty. A Facebook page called "Real Freedom of Iranian Women" showing photos of women wearing the hijab went up as a counterpoint to Alinejad's page.www.facebook.com
An article by the Telegraph points out the dark side of the pro-hijab movement on the "Real Freedom" page: one of the posts is an image of three Iranian journalists without the hijab and the Persian word for "rape" (تجاوز ) superimposed over their faces.www.facebook.com