Iran: Promoting unveiling is punished by 1 to 10 years in jail
The State Security Force announced, “According to paragraph 2 of Article 639, encouraging people to shun the veil is punishable by one to 10-year prison sentence. This sentence cannot be transformed to other forms of punishment.”
The SSF further reiterated that “Appearing in public without the religious veil (Hijab) is punishable by up to two months’ imprisonment according to the waver of Article 638 of the Penal Code. This could be transformed to alternative forms of punishment and avoid imprisonment.
“However, encouraging people to shun the veil applies to paragraph 2 of Article 638 and is punishable by one to 10-year prison sentence which cannot be transformed to alternative forms of punishment.”
The SSF added, “This is a case of obvious crime and the police is obliged to deal with it, just as breaking the law requires police intervention all over the world. If the State Security Force does not counter obvious crimes, it has committed a crime and violated the law itself and shall be prosecuted.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – February 23, 2018)
The Iranian Resistance and the NCRI Women’s Committee call for abolition of the compulsory veil and strongly condemn suppression of women under the pretext of the compulsory veil.