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Men don hijabs in support of ​​"​We are all Majid Tavakoli​"​ campaign in 2009

[DIGEST: ABC, Inc., The Independent]

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian law has prohibited women from appearing in public with uncovered hair. This compulsory modesty is enforced by the country’s Gashte Ershad – often called the “morality police.” In addition to the uniformed police, the Iranian government recently added an additional 7,000 undercover members of the Gashte Ershad to enforce the law. If a woman is caught, punishment can be severe, including lashes and imprisonment. In 2014, 3.6 million Iranian women were warnedfined or arrested by the morality police for not wearing proper hijabs.

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