Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Iran impounds more than 40,000 cars for hijab offenses

Iran has impounded tens of thousands of cars since March because women inside the vehicles had not properly covered their hair with a hijab, Tehran’s traffic police said Tuesday.

“Over the past eight months, more than 40,000 cases of bad hijab have been dealt with,” said Brigadier General Teymour Hosseini, quoted by Iran’s ISNA news agency.

“In most cases, the cars were impounded and cases were referred to the judiciary,” he said, while some of the women stopped could face fines or warnings.

Police warned in November that women who fail to observe hijab, the mandatory dress code in Iran, while driving would have their cars impounded for a week.