Iran: Summer Heat Gives Way to Crackdowns on “Improper” Clothing

A photo from the semi-official Iranian news agency FARS of a woman being reprimanded for her attire.

A photo from the semi-official Iranian news agency FARS of a woman being reprimanded for her attire.

In many places, summer means sun, sea and holidays. In Iran, summer means at least one more thing: crackdowns on improper or “un-Islamic” clothing.

This year, traffic police in Iran have been helping to enforce the dress code, and the crackdown is not limited to giving warnings or fines. Sometimes women are arrested by force because of what they are wearing. Several citizen videos from different parts of the country help show the true “heat” of summer in Iran.

A woman runs and resists arrest in Hamadan

Citizens protest, as girl is arrested in Tabriz

A mother screams as 13-year old daughter is arrested


Iranian blogger Irane Azad republishes several photos of women arrested for their attire, and questions [fa] why the laws only seem to be enforced on ordinary citizens and not on the Islamic Republic's famous actresses.


  • Lorraine Foulkes

    I would like to know why the ordinary citizens can’t dress the way they want, is it purely the males that enforce this, are these males getting something from these actresses? What a horrible place this must be to have the Government (men) telling you what to wear, what to do, how to live. As far as I am concerned the rest of the world would be happier if the Islamic Republic disappeared off the face of the earth.

    It also appears that this country is a male dominated country and even the women are dominated by the men these men have no respect at all except for themselves.

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  • Jenna Major

    Modesty is beyond wearing the
    hijab. The way the vigilantes interpret the question of modesty antagonizes
    our society and has negative results which is contrary to the teaching of
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  • Rachel Page

    Recently, posters have gone up in Tehran showing Iran’s national delicacy, the pistachio nut, with text saying that everything that is good is wrapped in a shell, just like the head scarf, the hijab.

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