Women refusing to wear hijab in car spark controversy in Iran

As a growing number of Iranian women refuse to wear a hijab — a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women — while driving, whether a car is a private space has sparked controversy in the Islamic republic.

Many in Iran believe that private space includes the inside of a car, but judicial authorities and police disagree, British newspaper The Guardian reported Tuesday.

“The invisible part of the car, such as the trunk, is a private space, but this does not apply to the visible parts of the car,” Hadi Sadeghi, deputy head of Iran’s judiciary chief, was quoted by the paper as saying.

“What is visible to the public eye is not private space and norms and rules should be respected within cars,” said Saeid Montazeralmahdi, a spokesperson for the Iranian police.

He also warned car owners against using tinted glass to prevent onlookers from seeing into the car.


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