Iranian woman arrested for cycling without hijab

Woman arrested in Iran for “insulting Islamic hijab”, state media said (representative)

Tehran:

A woman was arrested in central Iran on charges of “insulting the Islamic hijab” after a video on Tuesday showed her riding a bicycle without a veil.

“A man who recently violated norms and insulted the Islamic veil in the region has been arrested,” Najafabad Governor Mojtaba Rai told IRNA news agency.

On Monday, a short video from a mobile phone on the social network showed a woman with a bare head cycling outside a mosque.

The long-haired woman, whose head was pixelated, appeared to periodically lift her right arm into the air while riding a bicycle.

IRNA said the video of the woman “cycling without a veil on the main street” and “in front of a large mosque” sparked protests from residents and clerics in Najafabad.

Under Islamic law since the 1979 revolution in Iran, women must wear a hijab that covers the head and neck and hides their hair.

But many women have pushed the boundaries further over the past two decades by letting their veins slip out and reveal more hair, especially in Tehran and other major cities.

The governor of Najafabad said without disclosing the identity of the detained woman: “Her motive for taking this step is under investigation.”

“The residents of this city today (later) staged a protest rally in unprecedented violation of standards,” he said.

(This story is not edited by NDTV employees and automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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