Debate on hijab, women's rights resurface

The hijab became compulsory in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, but there is a growing backlash against the rule, particularly among younger Iranian women.
A group of Iranian women enjoying a meal and music in a restaurant in the city of Esfahan. Some women in Iran are again beginning to question why they should be forced to wear the hijab, which became compulsory after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. S
A group of Iranian women enjoying a meal and music in a restaurant in the city of Esfahan. Some women in Iran are again beginning to question why they should be forced to wear the hijab, which became compulsory after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. ST PHOTO: NIRMALA GANAPATHY

There seems to be no one way of wearing the hijab in Iran.

Some women casually throw a scarf around their head, with wisps of hair visible; others wear it more tightly, covering the neck as well.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2019, with the headline 'Debate on hijab, women's rights resurface'. Print Edition | Subscribe