On Wednesday, thousands of Iranian took to the streets in the city of Isfahan to protest against acid attacks on women in Iran. Of late, many women were disfigured after acid was poured on them for not wearing a veil.
A local official put the number of women who had been attacked with acid to eight or nine during the past three weeks. Some of them were blinded and all were disfigured.
Isfahan is a top tourist destination in Iran and is located just 280 miles South of Tehran. All the victims were attacked in Iran’s capital and Isfahan by men on motorcycles. The latest acid attacks on women in Iran shocked the nation that took to the streets to express its deep frustration over the issue.
According to the Fars news agency, there were around 2,000 protestors. According to the IRNA news agency, the men and women protesting against acid attacks on women in Iran gathered outside the city’s judiciary building and chanted Isfahan is our city, security is our right and We do not want to propagate virtues by acid and even Death to extremists.
Following the 1979 Islamic revolution, all women in Iran must wear loose clothing and a hijab, or a veil that covers their head and neck and also conceals their hair. Nowadays, many women simply wear a headscarf a coat instead of a chador that is meant to cover the body from head to toe. In order to permanently enforce this rule, there is a thing called Morality Police that patrols the streets of Iran to make sure women are respecting the law and are as covered as possible.
The current demonstration on acid attacks on women in Iran was initiated on local social media. These types of protests aren’t common at all in Iran, especially after a protest before the 2009 elections where people were beaten and mistreated by the police.
The protests and the latest acid attacks on women in Iran were all sparked by a new Parliament law that passed on Sunday. It is aimed at protecting the people of Iran who take it upon themselves to correct those who do not respect the country’s social laws. Naturally, subjectivism plays a big part in adhering to the law when talking about these Islamic vigilantes.
President Hassan Rouhani criticized the law and said that he feared it would divide the Iranian society.