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Leaked Docs Reveal Iran Regime’s Plans For ‘Mobile Hijab Courts’ to Prosecute Women Who Show Their Hair

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Leaked documents from the Islamic Republic of Iran have revealed that the regime’s Islamic judiciary is reportedly setting up “mobile courts” in public places such as shopping malls to punish dress code violations.

The documents, which were produced in April and May, outlined how young Iranian schoolgirls and celebrities would face punishment by the Iranian Education Ministry for up to 10 years for “promoting corruption.”

The documents were published by an Iranian newspaper, which is now facing legal troubles for publishing classified documents.

The documents included the “Hijab and Chastity Bill,” which is currently being reviewed by the Guardian Council watchdog before becoming law. The leaked documents stress the importance of “extensively filming and documenting the identity of those involved in the unveiling.”

One of the directives would allow the police to “prepare the necessary documentation regarding schoolgirls who unveil,” which would allow “appropriate action” to be enacted by the education ministry.

Iranian celebrities, influencers, and bloggers who do not obey the hijab law and encourage others to do so would face the charge of “promoting corruption” and face up to 10 years in prison.

Police officers could enter their homes and seize their computers and mobile devices. Authorities could also shut down businesses if they do not comply with the hijab laws, and customers who violate them would be denied services and reported to the Islamic judiciary.

Police authorities would have the ability to enact legal action against women who resist warnings to obey the hijab law.

The new measures would also allow increased surveillance power by companies to monitor and report workers who “violate dress codes provocatively and immodestly during entry, exit, and within the premises.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence service, ministry of Intelligence, and security forces would have extensive tools to implement such laws.

The documents revealed that the government’s police forces would assign enough officers to “identify and warn women who have unveiled themselves.” In situations where sufficient manpower is needed, the IRGC would help carry out the task.

The newest directives come as the regime parliament passed a bill in September, following protests that occurred over the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini at the hands of the Islamic morality police for her hijab wear. In response to her death, young Iranian women burned their headscarves and protested the regime, during which hundreds were arrested, beaten, and executed by the Islamic security forces.

Despite the brutal crackdowns, many Iranian women have stopped covering their hair in public. The latest leaked documents revealed that the Islamic Republic’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi approved a series of laws addressing the issue of women not covering their hair in public months before Iranian lawmakers began debating the hijab bill in secret.

Related Story: 3 Iranian Women Arrested for Assault on Hijab-Enforcer in Tehran

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