It’s a start
A review of a law that requires women to cover their heads is underway by Iran’s parliament and judiciary according to the attorney general. This is a sign of desperation by Iranian officials who have been unable to stop the protests, led by women, that are found in cities across the country.
The protests began after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, on September 16. She was arrested by Iran’s morality police for an alleged breach of the dress code. She was not wearing a hijab, or head covering, in public. In response, protesters are burning their head coverings and shouting anti-government slogans. Many women are refusing to wear a hijab now, especially in Tehran.
Hijabs became mandatory apparel for all women in Iran in April 1983, four years after the 1979 revolution. When the Iranian monarchy, which was backed by the U.S., was overthrown, draconian Islamic laws were reinstated. Prior to the revolution, Iranians, including women were living much like Western countries. Will a change in the hijab law make enough of a difference to the protesters now to end the protests? That is what officials are trying to figure out.
President Ebrahim Raisi said that though Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations are constitutionally entrenched, “there are methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible.
Will a review of Iran's hijab law stop the protests?
It’s a start