Unveiled women in Iran will not be allowed to enter museums and historical sites

The Iranian authorities announced Monday that women who do not cover themselves with a veil will be prohibited from entering museums and historical sites, in a new step to impose again the use of this garment.

The head of the General Directorate of Museums of the Persian country, Morteza Adibzadeh, announced in a circular the new ban “to protect public safety and cultural affairs”, according to the daily Etemad.

In this way, women who do not cover themselves with a veil will not be able to access the National Museum of Iran in the capital, for example, but neither will they be able to access monuments such as the famous Persepolis.

In recent weeks, images of unveiled young people making the gesture of victory in front of the tomb of Cyrus II the Great, a king from the 11th century BC, near the ruins of Persepolis, have spread through social networks.

Many Iranian women have stopped wearing the mandatory Islamic headscarf as a form of protest and civil disobedience since the death in September of Mahsa Amini after being arrested precisely for wearing the hijab poorly.

Amini’s death sparked strong protests across the country calling for the end of the Islamic Republic, carried out above all by young people and women to the cry of "woman, life, freedom" and that they have disappeared after a strong state repression that has caused 500 deaths.

The ban on museums is the latest measure announced to reimpose the use of the hijab, Mandatory garment in the Islamic country since 1983.

Iranian Police began on April 15 to persecute women who do not cover themselves again by using cameras to identify them and the threat to close businesses that serve discovered citizens.

Authorities announced last week that they had closed 155 businesses for failing to comply with laws that require women to cover up and also sent text messages to 3,500 citizens for not wearing the mandatory Islamic garment.

The law punishes women who They do not cover themselves with a veil, but the authorities are also considering other options, as the deprivation of banking services.

At the beginning of the month, the Ministries of Education and Health announced that they will not allow them to attend universities or institutes to students who do not wear a veil.

Despite all this, many women still do not wear the veil on the streets of Tehran.

 

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