Iranian authorities announced that they have started reviewing the decades-old mandatory headscarf law, as it struggles to suppress more than two months of protests linked to the dress code.
Protests have swept Iran since the Sept. 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish descent arrested by the morality police for allegedly flouting the Shariah-based law.
Demonstrators have burned their head coverings and shouted anti-government slogans. Since Amini’s death, a growing number of women have not been observing the headscarf policy, particularly in Tehran’s fashionable north.
“Both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” of whether the law needs any changes, Iran’s attorney general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said.
Quoted by the ISNA news agency, he did not specify what could be modified in the law by the two bodies, which are largely in the hands of conservatives.
The review team met on Wednesday with parliament’s cultural commission “and will see the results in a week or two,” the attorney general said.
President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday said Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations were constitutionally entrenched.
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