Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei hints at relaxing hijab rules

While his comments were vague and did not promise to change existing laws, they were an acknowledgment of how strong the hijab case is, according to Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies at Stanford University.

“I think he knows how widespread women’s rejection of compulsory veiling is,” he said. “He’s trying to convince waning supporters that the game isn’t over yet.”

Since September, women across Iran have been defying strict hijab rules amid demonstrations—the most serious challenge to the Islamic Republic since its founding in 1979. While the movement has morphed into a widespread demand for a change, the hijab, or head covering that women are required by law to wear , remains a powerful symbol and rallying cry. Pictures of protesters showing women and girls removing their headscarves, revealing their hair, and even burning their headscarves spread after the start of the demonstrations.

An uncovered woman stands on top of a car as thousands make their way towards the Aichi cemetery in Saqqez, Mohsa Amini’s birthplace in Iranian Kurdistan, on Oct. 26 to mark the 40 days since her death.via Twitter/AFP – Getty Images

Meanwhile, the government violently suppressed the demonstrators and arrested demonstrators. In the past weeks, judges have issued no less than 26 Death sentencesAccording to the International Rights Group Amnesty International.

US-based human rights activist news agency, OR HRANA, It is estimated that more than 18,000 people have been arrested. A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary announced that the number exceeds a thousand, according to Erna.

A number of celebrities have also been arrested. Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran’s most famous actors, was arrested last month after she posted a photo on her Instagram page of herself not wearing a headscarf and holding a banner with what became the uprising’s slogan: “Woman, Life, Freedom.”

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to me ISNAA semi-official news agency, she was released on Wednesday after her friends and family posted bail.

In his speech, Khamenei also criticized the West for its treatment of women. He said that women in the West are “isolated,” adding that “the Western capitalist system is a patriarchal system,” according to him. Mehr News Agency.

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