The Price of Protesting Against Hijab

Hijab Protests: This year’s anti-government demonstrations are primarily a response to the culture of women’s oppression. To the question “how to get the girls to use the hijab again”, the theocracy has offered only one answer: Violence and inhuman sentences. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, head of the judiciary, has warned that protesters can be punished with the death penalty.

TEHRAN NOVEMBER 21: In 2013, Iran launched a rocket into space with a monkey on board. After reaching a certain altitude, the ape landed safely. The Mehr news agency indicated that the flight was part of an ambitious national project: Iran would put a man in space in less than eight years.

Ten years have passed and the government has not been able to realize its space dream. Instead, the theocracy continues to oppress women in its land. In Iran, women must cover their hair with a hijab or headscarf. Not obeying this legalized imposition makes them criminals. It seems that the Iranian leaders’ heaven is to keep their fear of beauty hidden. The excessive sentences handed down by the courts against the demonstrators who have been protesting in the streets since last September are an expression of this fear.

This year’s anti-government demonstrations are primarily a response to the culture of women’s oppression. They began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, arrested for allegedly disobeying state rules on the hijab. The death of Nika Shahkarami, who disappeared shortly after during a demonstration, is another source of popular anger. People think this 16-year-old woman was killed by the military. International observers estimate that dozens of children have died under government fire since September.

To the question “how to get the girls to use the hijab again”, the theocracy has offered only one answer: Violence and inhuman sentences. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, head of the judiciary, has warned that protesters can be punished with the death penalty. Dozens of protesters expect sentences that could involve executions, Iran Human Rights reported. In fact, Islamic Revolutionary Court has already handed down six maximum sentences. The names of these people sentenced to death are not even known.

In Iran, women can be executed on three levels. For protesting or not covering themselves properly, they can end up being killed in police custody (as happened to Shahkarami and Amini). For being lesbians, they can also be sentenced to death. And even after being forced to become women having been men. In a country where homosexuality carries the maximum penalty and the most irrational arbitrariness is legal, the theocracy has financed thousands of sex reassignment surgery. Dozens of people have been stoned to death over the past 40 years, convicted of adultery.

It is not a dystopia. According to the penal code in force in Iran, the punishment for sodomy is death (Art.110). In principle, lesbianism is punishable by a hundred lashes (Art. 129). Although if the lesbian act is performed three times and there has been punishment on these three occasions, on the fourth occasion the offender is executed (Art. 131).

An Iranian man did not fly into space. But a woman did. Anousheh Ansari, who emigrated as a teenager to the United States. This engineer is the first woman to self-finance a flight to the International Space Station. Had she remained in Iran, she would never have taken off. She might even have been imprisoned… or executed with impunity.

Iran Executed A Dead Woman

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