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Iranian leader: Women who don’t wear the full hijab are not irreligious

origin 1Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with a group of Iranian women in Tehran. -/Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran/dpa

Iran’s supreme leader said women who do not wear a full hijab should not be accused of being irreligious or anti-revolutionary, the state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday.

Women whose hijab does not fully cover their hair, as required by Iran’s Islamic dress code, should not be considered opposed to religion and revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said speaking to a group of Iranian women. “We all have flaws that we need to correct as much as possible.”

Women who wear the hijab incorrectly “are still our daughters,” she said, in remarks that can be seen as conciliatory after months of unrest.

Iran’s political leadership has been under enormous pressure since nationwide protests erupted in mid-September, sparked by the death of Iranian Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini in police custody.

The protests have plunged Tehran into its worst political crisis in decades.

Amini, 22, was arrested for violating Iran’s Islamic dress code. The authorities violently repressed the protests that followed, also directed against the Islamic system of government.

Now, more and more women are walking in public in Iranian metropolises without wearing headscarves.

The so-called moralists who arrested Amini have almost completely disappeared from the streets, but respect for the rule of the veil must be pursued with other methods, such as video surveillance.

origin 1Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei holds a meeting with a group of Iranian women in Tehran. -/Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran/dpa
origin 1A group of Iranian women attend a meeting of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran. -/Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran/dpa