Headscarf protests ‘childish’

Unprecedented images of at least 11 women protesting the same way have been widely shared on social media. Photo: Twitter

TEHRAN: Iran’s chief prosecutor has played down recent protests by women removing their headscarves in public, saying they were “trivial” and “childish” moves possibly incited by foreigners. “This is a trivial matter and not a matter of concern,” Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said in comments carried by the ISNA news agency yesterday. “This was a childish move by a young girl taking off her scarf, where some are carrying on with their daily lives.” He had been asked about one of at least two woman detained this week after standing on pillar boxes in busy streets without the mandatory headscarf. Unprecedented images of at least 11 women protesting the same way have been widely shared on social media. – AFP

This article was published on 31/01/2018