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01/03/15

Guardians Council Rejects Controversial New Iran Hijab Law

Source: RFE/RL

An Iranian draft law giving more powers to police to enforce women's compulsory wearing of the hijab has been ruled unconstitutional. Iranian state media reported January 3 that the powerful Guardians Council, a 12-member group that examines legislation, rejected the draft law.


Woman Equal Man
A woman supporting the opposition displays her demand: "Woman = Man"

Under Islamic law in Iran, a woman must cover her head and neck and conceal her hair.

The official IRNA news agency, quoting a council spokesman, said the 24-point plan contained 14 flaws and it "contradicted the constitution and was not approved."

IRNA said that the council has sent the law back to parliament for amendment.


A poster by a group pressing for stricter hijab in Iran

The draft law, which was approved by parliament in December, also aimed to place responsibility on employers to ensure the hijab rule is observed by workers, with companies facing fines for noncompliance.

Reporting by AFP and IRNA


Copyright (c) 2015 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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