Speaking at a meeting held in Isfahan province, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, Ejei criticized some women in the country for violating the mandatory headscarf rule.
Defending that violating the headscarf rule is “equivalent to hostility to the country,” Ejei said, “The judiciary will deal with the issue in a special way if these perpetrators are identified and detained.”
Ejei stated that no matter who is involved in this matter, he will be tried and punished decisively without any tolerance.
The Ministry of Interior of Iran also published a statement yesterday targeting behavior against the compulsory headscarf law.
In the statement, the veil was described as “one of the foundations of civilization of the Iranian nation” and “one of the practical principles of the Islamic Republic” and added that “There has not been and will not be any backlash or tolerance in religious principles and rules and traditional values.”
The ministry stated that the judiciary and other relevant institutions will deal with those who violate the law and will not allow violations.
Demonstrations in Iran and the hijab requirement
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Emini on September 16, who was hospitalized after being taken into custody by the Irshad patrols known as the “morality police” in Tehran on September 13, 2022, sparked protests against the country’s government. It was announced that hundreds of people lost their lives during the demonstrations.
The protests that started after Emini’s death brought the demands for the relaxation of the compulsory headscarf law, which has been implemented since 1979, to the agenda again.
Ali Hanmuhammedi, the spokesperson of the Center for Enjoining Good and Preventing Evil in Iran, stated in a statement on December 5, 2022 that the duty of the Irshad patrols, which were the target of criticism, has ended, and that the headscarf application can continue “with more modern methods and technology.”
In this process, images of some women in the country not complying with the headscarf rules were featured on social media. However, the news that some businesses that were found not to comply with the compulsory headscarf law were closed, were reflected in the country’s media.
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on the other hand, in his speech on January 4, said that women who do not fully comply with the mandatory headscarf rules in the country should not be accused of “religion and opposition to the regime”.