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December 17, 2015 8:24 am

Iran Impounds Thousands of Cars Driven by Women Not Wearing Hijab

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A woman wearing a hijab. Iranian police impounded cars driven by females whose heads were not covered. Photo: Wikipedia.

A woman wearing a hijab. Iranian police impounded cars driven by females whose heads were not covered. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iran has impounded thousands of cars driven by women whose heads were not “properly covered,” the International Business Times reported on Wednesday.

The measure is part of a broader police crackdown on traffic violators, including men.

“Over the past eight months, more than 40,000 cases of bad hijab have been dealt with,” Brigadier General Teymour Hosseini was quoted as saying, noting that in “most cases” the cars were impounded and the female drivers were “referred to the judiciary.”

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In November, Iranian police issued a warning to women to observe the hijab rules while driving, and said that those failing to do so would have their cars impounded and driving privileges revoked.

“Those women who disrespect our religious red lines and remove their hijab to show off their hair while driving will have their number plates taken,” Saeed Montazer-Mahdi, the spokesman for the country’s national police force, said at the time.

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