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Iran headgear crackdown

Tehran, Aug. 7 (AFP): Nearly 200 Iranian women wearing head coverings considered insufficient under the country’s Islamic code have been arrested, newspapers reported today.

Iranian security forces launched raids in cities of central Semnan and northern Gilan provinces, arresting 183 women in recent weeks, the reports said.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, all post-pubescent females have been required to wear the veil and a long coat concealing their bodily form, or face fines or imprisonment.

Some 132 “badly covered” women were picked up in semnan province, the Sharq daily reported, adding that 69 of them face trial.

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