Risking arrest and prison, Iranian women cast off their hijabs in protest

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A Tehran resident, who requested anonymity, told Euronews that a lot of women are protesting the dress code imposed by Iranian government by taking their headscarves off.

One of the women who removed her headscarf and waved it on a stick staged her protest in the Tehran's busy Enqelab Street.

Ms Bahraini said Ms Movahed was only just released on Sunday after a month in custody and that Amnesty is monitoring the case because she is still at risk of criminal prosecution.

She was released following pressure and a publicity campaign led by the country's most prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Ms Hosseini was pictured wearing a green wristband in an apparent reference to the Iranian Green Movement which rose in protest after the 2009 presidential election.

Writing on her Facebook page, Sotoudeh said that women should be given the right "to manage" their own bodies.

Since Ms Movahed's release, there has been an explosion of young women on social media following in her footsteps and the images are now spreading like insane.

Women showing their hair in public can be jailed for up to two months or fined.

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In late December, police said they would no longer arrest women for failing to observe the code.

President Hassan Rouhani, who came to power in 2013 promising a more moderate stance, has previously said it is not the job of police to enforce religious rules such as those forcing women to cover their hair. A growing number of women, predominantly in Tehran, have begun refusing to wear a hijab while driving, arguing that a auto is a private space where they can dress more freely.

Now Iranians on social media praising the protesters claim "the girl from Enghelab Street" has proliferated, and photos testifying to a budding headache for Iranian authorities emerged one after the other on social media on January 29.

"Many Iranian women are fed up with this hijab rule and now we are seeing them take to the streets".

"The campaign has gathered force and I believe the social media platform has given women the opportunity to speak out for themselves and show that they do not accept this degradation anymore".

It is "dedicated to Iranian women inside the country who want to share their "stealthily" taken photos without the veil", and aim to be a "living archive" of their fight.

Some women film themselves walking down public streets without their headscarf to show to the world the amount of abuse they face if they dare show their hair.

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