Women entering a Christian church in Iran were hassled if they were not wearing a hijab, which is required in public places in Iran.
While some women complied, others removed their veils in an act of defiance and protest. Many specifically took issue with being forced to wear the veils at a Christian place of worship, which does not ascribe to Islamic laws of modesty.
Iran’s “morality police” are often brutal in their enforcement of these modesty laws, according to Heatstreet. Women who break the laws are sometimes arrested or even beaten.
One woman shared her experience being confronted by the morality police with the My Stealthy Freedom social media campaign:
“The photo that I sent you shows the Vanak [sic] Church of Isfahan. It was ridiculous! Two female officers blamed us for what we’d been wearing, which is such a shame, isn’t it?
How would American Muslims react if they were forced to enter their mosques without hijab? Why should we put up with such a disgrace to women in the name of law? Isn’t this a type of bullying?”
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Publication date: March 31, 2017