Iranian woman is called a ‘w****’ because she’s not wearing hijab

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This is the shocking moment a woman is threatened and verbally abused for walking down a street in Iran without wearing a headscarf.

Video footage shows a young woman at an unknown location in Iran, bravely flaunting the country’s conservative Islamic hijab laws. 

The head scarf has been a mandatory dress requirement for women in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 

The video, published by women’s rights campaigners My Stealthy Freedom sees the woman walk down the street with her head uncovered, and a man shouting at her.

He accosts her, demanding that she puts her headscarf on and asks her: ‘Do you want me to touch you?’

He then calls her ‘a piece of garbage’ and ‘w****’ as she walks away from him.

She turns around and replies; ‘You are the garbage, you are the w**** ‘, while the man continues to shout insults after her.

Posting the video on Facebook, My Stealthy Freedom wrote: ‘through campaign, we will keep on exposing this violence that Iranian women have been exposed to for the past 40 years.’ 

The movement, founded by journalist and campaigner Masih Alinejad, is fighting Iran’s Islamic law, which requires women to wear a headscarf and long clothes that cover the arms and legs.

Ms Alinejad also launched the social media hashtag White Wednesdays, encouraging women to flout regulations posting pictures and videos of themselves without the hijabs online on the third day of the week.

The Islamic dress code, in place since the 1979 revolution, considers veiling obligatory for any female above 13 in Iran and says they should cover themselves from head to toe while disavowing any figure-hugging dress.

Breaking the rules can result in fines of up to 500,000 rials (£17) and up to two months in prison.

President Hassan Rouhani, who came to power in 2013 promising a more moderate stance, has previously said it is not the job of police to enforce religious rules such as those forcing women to cover their hair.

But in April 2016, officials said there were 7,000 undercover morality police reporting on things like ‘bad hijab’ – a blanket term usually referring to un-Islamic dress by women.

Figures are rarely given, but Tehran’s traffic police said in late 2015 they had dealt with 40,000 cases of bad hijab in cars, where women often let their headscarves drop around their necks.

These cases generally led to fines and a temporary impounding of the vehicle.

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