Iranian officials ordered to strictly enforce hijab

The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reports that Hassan Noroozi has called on all officials to cooperate in reinforcing mass adherence to hijab regulations.

Last month, Tehran Governor Morteza Tamaddon took a more moderate approach, saying current adherence to hijab in the city is acceptable. “The best option is to encourage people to use hijab and modest clothing of their own volition.” The governor also urged an end to overzealous enforcement on the street.

But today the the City Council head insisted all officials must unite in an effort to confront public violation of hijab. He added that cabinet, Parliament, the judiciary and all related government officials must have “a unified view” on this issue.

He went on to recommend that university classes be split by gender to help reinforce hijab standards. He said that when students enter co-ed universities after years of separate schools, “we see a negative effect on the issue of hijab and modesty.”

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