WATCH: Iranian cleric in altercation with woman over hijab

An Iranian female argue with the cleric following comments on her headscarf. (Screen grab)

Iranian Masih Alinejad, activist and TV journalist on the Tablet show on VOA and founder of #WhiteWednesdays, #MyCameraIsMyWeapon and #MyStealthyFreedom campaigns against compulsory hijab, posted on her twitter account on Friday, a video documenting a face-off between a young Iranian woman whose hijab was a bit loose on her forehead and an Iranian cleric in the streets of the capital Tehran.

The incident happened on a Tehran street when the cleric asks her to fix her hijab, and the female answered angrily and stormed out of the crowd removing her hijab completely.

The video shows the cleric calling for her arrest.


In June, a similar incident involving school girls went viral on social media, with Iranian police women chasing the girls because of their dress and trying to impose a certain way of wearing the hijab.

These incidents are very common in Iran lately with the disgruntled general public, prompting activists to launch the “White Wednesday” initiative and other campaigns to express rejection of the obligatory headscarf imposed by the laws in force since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Since last December, more than 30 Iranian women have been arrested because of attempts to remove their hijab publicly in a move to defy the law. Iranian authorities has released most of them but they are still undergoing trial.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53