A view from University of Tehran southern and main entrance gate

Tehran University Deploys More Hijab Enforcers

Monday, 02/19/2024

The University of Tehran has deployed hijab enforcers amidst nationwide rebellion of mandatory headscarves.

Mehdi Shahbazi, Deputy of Cultural and Social Affairs of the University disclosed the issuance of a "Moral Charter" aimed at enforcing compulsory hijab regulations among students and professors. Shahbazi said “serious measures” would be taken against those who defy the hijab policy.

Shahbazi also cautioned employees and professors, stating that “while the university adopts a persuasive and dialogue-based approach towards students, a different stance would be taken when dealing with professors and staff.”

The announcement comes amidst increasing pressure on students and professors, coinciding with the suppression of the Women, Life, Freedom movement. Hundreds of students and professors have faced suspension or expulsion as a result of non-compliance with hijab laws. 

Iranian universities have remained focal points of dissent against the government in recent years, with protests frequently emerging on campuses.

Recent information received by Iran International suggests heightened surveillance and pressure on students, including reports of security forces covertly taking photos of students and sending them to their families without their knowledge.

Furthermore, some students have reported that their families have been contacted and informed by university security regarding their activities.

In addition to deploying officers to enforce compulsory hijab on university campuses, the government has expanded its efforts to enforce hijab in public spaces, particularly in the metro and throughout the city. Patrols and surveillance have increased as dissent continues. 

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