Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
Iranian authorities arrested a woman for “insulting the Islamic hijab” after a video of her bicycle without a veil went viral on social media, Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported.
“A person who had recently violated the norms and insulted the Islamic veil in this region has been arrested,” the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRNA) said, citing the governor of Najafabad, Mojatabai Raei.
Raei further said that the woman’s “motive” for committing the action was under investigation. He did not reveal his identity, however. “The inhabitants of this city are today organizing a protest rally after the unprecedented violation of standards,” added the governor.
The incident took place in the city of Najafabad. In the video, which was shot with a cell phone, the woman is seen cycling in front of a mosque. She can also be seen repeatedly raising her right hand in the air.
IRNA further said the video of the woman, showing her “riding a bicycle without a veil in the main square” and “in front of a large mosque,” sparked protests from residents and clerics in Najafabad. .
Under Iranian Islamic law, in effect since the 1979 revolution, women must wear a hijab that covers their head and neck and conceals their hair.
However, in recent times Iranian women have challenged this decree by allowing their veils to reveal more hair, especially in the capital Tehran and other major cities.