Women in Iran Face 'Yogurt Attack' for Being Unveiled in Public
A video went viral the previous week, showing a man throwing yogurt at two unveiled women in a shop near the holy Shi'ite Muslim city of Mashhad.
President Ebrahim Raisi said in response on Saturday, April 1, that the hijab was the law in Iran. In live remarks on state television, Raisi said: "If some people say they don't believe (in the hijab)... it's good to use persuasion ... But the important point is that there is a legal requirement ... and the hijab is today a legal matter."
Judicial authorities in a town near the northeastern city of Mashhad issued arrest warrants for the man seen pouring yogurt over the heads of two women, a mother, and her daughter.
The latter was also the subject of arrest warrants for flouting Iran's strict female dress rules, state media reported. Risking arrest for defying the obligatory dress code, women are still widely seen unveiled in malls, restaurants, shops, and streets around the country.
Authorities said the owner of the dairy shop, who confronted the attacker, had been warned. Reports on social media showed his shop had been shut, although he was quoted by a local news agency as saying he had been allowed to reopen and was due to "give explanations" to a court.
Judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei earlier threatened to prosecute "without mercy" women who appear in public unveiled, Iranian media reported. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask for the protection of the Iranian women and girls who choose to move around their country unveiled. We pray that these women, girls, as well as the people who support them, will not face repercussions for wanting to live and express themselves freely.”