February 3, 2023

Iran is revising a decades-old law requiring women to wear hijab as authorities struggle to quell protests over the dress code that have been going on for more than two months.

President Ebrahim Raisi said Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations are constitutionally entrenched, but there are “methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible.”

An Iranian girl holds up her country’s flag in Sadeghieh Square. in Tehran.Credit:AP

It came a day after the country’s attorney general said parliament and the judiciary are reviewing legislation requiring head coverings.

“Both the parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” and the results will be presented “in a week or two,” said Mohammad Jafar Montazeri

The headscarf became compulsory for all women in Iran in April 1983, four years after the Islamic revolution that overthrew the US-backed monarchy.

It remains a highly sensitive issue in a country where conservatives insist it should be mandatory, while reformists want to leave it to individual choice.

The hijab has been the subject of daily protests since the death of Mahsa Amini in custody in September after she was reportedly arrested for wearing her headscarf incorrectly.

Iranian woman Mahsa Amini died in detention in Iran, sparking the largest protests in Iran since 1979.Credit:Twitter

More than 460 people, including 50 children, have been killed by security forces, according to human rights groups.

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