Know Why Iranian Women Are Cutting Their Hair, Burning Hijabs Over The Death Of Mahsa Amini

Women’s clothing has always been a topic of discussion and it is sad that it is being used to impose unnecessary restrictions on us. In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini died on Friday after being severely beaten by the country’s morality police because she was not wearing the hijab properly. On Tuesday evening, Mahsa was arrested by the morality officers because she had not completely covered her hair with the hijab. For the unversed, the morality police are responsible for enforcing the country’s hijab and dress code mandates. The woman was reportedly taken to a detention centre to be convinced and educated about the proper dress code. 

A few hours after the arrest, Mahsa Amini was taken to the hospital with concussion symptoms. After that, she was in a coma and was declared brain dead. The authorities have denied all the allegations and mentioned that Amini died due to a heart problem. However, Amini’s family said that she was a healthy young woman with no medical conditions.


After the brutal death of Mahsa Amini, massive protests have broken out in Iran, in which Iranian women are publicly removing their hijabs and burning them. Many female protesters are chopping off their hair as well. They are demanding justice for Mahsa Amini, some women also took off their hijab during Amini’s funeral. 

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist shared a video on her social media account and mentioned that Iranian women are expressing their anger against the brutal killing of Mahsa Amini by cutting their hair and burning hijabs. She added that the women of Iran are fed up with the gender apartheid regime. Her tweet read, “Iranian women show their anger by cutting their hair and burning their hijab to protest against the killing of #Mahsa_Amini by hijab police. From the age of 7 if we don’t cover our hair we won’t be able to go to school or get a job. We are fed up with this gender apartheid regime.”


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A number of videos from the protests have surfaced online that show demonstrators shouting anti-government slogans while waving their hijabs. 

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Under sharia or Islamic law of Iran, women are obliged to wear loose-fitting clothes and cover their hair. And if they don’t follow the rules, they have to face criticism, fines or arrest.

Crimes against women are increasing with each passing day but people are still trying to fix women’s clothes. And it is sad that women are losing their lives over it. 

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