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Iran's parliament passes a stricter headscarf law days after protest anniversary

  • Iran's parliament has approved a bill imposing stricter penalties on women who refuse to wear the mandatory Islamic headscarf in public and those who support them, in an effort to uphold the hijab law. The bill also extends punishments to business owners who serve women not wearing hijab, and activists who organize against it.
  • The move comes after the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who was detained for violating the dress code and sparked months of protests calling for the overthrow of Iran's theocracy. The demonstrations were also fueled by discontent over corruption and poor governance by the ruling clerics.
  • The bill still needs to be ratified by the Guardian Council and, if approved, will take effect for a preliminary period of three years. Meanwhile, there has been a series of attacks on clerics, including the shooting death of a cleric in a separate incident, highlighting the tensions within the country.
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