A score of female cyclists were arrested in Iran last week, apparently for breaking Islamic modesty laws, as reported by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“Seventy female cyclists were arrested in Tehran’s Vali-Asr Square for breaking the Regime’s mandatory hijab laws, according to Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaeli on Tuesday,” the report said. “He didn’t say anything about the timing of the arrests, only saying that the women had broken the rules of ‘chastity and hijab.'”
There are reportedly “no rules in Iran which could prevent women from riding bicycles,” but women are required to adhere to a mandatory dress code, which includes wearing “a head-to-toe black veil called ‘chador.'” Presumably, the women who were arrested were not wearing the mandatory chador.
“It should be noted that 70% of Iranian women do not believe in the forced veil, which is according to research done last July by the Office of Cultural Studies of the Research Center in the mullahs’ parliament,” the report said. “Given the repressive nature of the regime, it is likely that this figure is less than the real percentage.”
The NCRI said that Iranian regime has “increased its pressure” on women to adhere to the Islamic dress code.
Iran is a notorious violator of human rights.
Recently, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan encouraged Turks and Iranians to donate to the campaign of Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Meanwhile, Iranian soldiers used effigies of President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for target practice, as tensions between the United States and Iran remain high.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.