Iran impounds more than 40,000 cars for hijab offences
TEHRAN // 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.
The measure is part of a wider traffic police crackdown that could also see male drivers targeted.
When in public, all women in the republic, including foreigners, are required to wear at least a loose scarf covering the hair and neck. Since the mid-90s, there has been an easing in the dress code.
Police patrols have kept up campaigns to enforce the law and authorities also use a network of “trustees” who inform on violations.
Other violations while driving include carrying dogs, playing loud music, tinted windows and “harassing girls on the streets”, Brig Gen Hosseini said.
* Agence France-Presse
Updated: December 15, 2015 04:00 AM