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Iranian Conservatives Push for Gender Segregation and Bill to Enforce Islamic Dress Code

Source: Radio Farda Newsroom

The conservative faction of the Islamic Republic government, though the Majles, the judiciary and police, which it controls, is pressing for passage of a bill on enforcing Islamic dress code on women and segregate university classes.

August 15, 2004 - Isfahan MP Nayyereh Akhavan said the government should submit to the Majles a draft of a comprehensive bill on enforcement of the Islamic dress code, Hejab. In a speech at the Majles last week, Ms. Akhavan defied Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Khomeini, who had ruled out separating male and female university students, and said gender segregation of students in universities will end worries and anxieties and behavioral dangers."

The cultural committee of the conservatives-led Majles formed a new sub-committee to deal with social issues. The new "guidance and Islamic propaganda" sub-committee is drafting a bill to combat violations of the Islamic dress code, conservatives MPs said.

Separating the students in different classes is not the answer, it only erases the question, Zanjan MP Ra'fat Bayat said. Such a move will not resolve any of our problems, but we will be accused of acting like the Taliban, Pakdasht MP Mohammad Qomi said.

Head of the women's affairs office of the Islamic Republic law enforcement forces said a bill is being drafted by the police to combat dress code violators. She added that the tight and short overcoats worn by women in the streets cannot be called Islamic dress, and wearing them should be considered a crime punishable by law.

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