Life and Death Fight for Women's Rights in Iran
America and you are driving to your parent’s house, and you get pulled by the cops because you are not wearing your required scarf. Since you are not wearing the scarf, you are arrested and a few days later, you are found “mysteriously” dead. Well, this was a similar reality for Mahsa Amini, who was beaten in Iran over breaking the law of not wearing the hijab. At the time of Amini’s death she was only 22 years old.
Since her death, there have been many protests in Iran with women burning their hijabs and cutting their hair. The main purpose of this movement is for a call for the abolishment of the “morality” police. The morality police are enforcers of the state in relation to Islamic conservative law, such as dress codes and behaviors.
It was said by an Iranian broadcast, Iran International, that Amini suffered hard blows to the head. According to a statement made by police, she had a heart attack during the arrest and was then taken to the hospital. Allegations from firsthand eyewitnesses who attested to the incident reject the claims made by the police.
In a recurring sequence, more protests erupted after the death of Amini. A major protest happened in Evin Prison on Oct. 16, where political and anti-Iranian prisoners have been held for many years. A fire was started by prisoners in honor of Amini and to protest the regime. During the protests, gunshots and explosions were heard from outside the prison. In the end, eight prisoners died and several dozen were injured.
While this is a sad reality, the term morality is a contradiction within the realms of policing in Iran. Police are supposed to protect those who cannot be protected. The morality police use tactics of brutal violence, and in some cases, deadly force to get their “message” across. In some brutal and inhumane instances, defying religious sacraments or orders can result in the “moral” execution of an individual.
The detail that goes into enforcing these laws is sickening. While the Quran says nothing specific or even mentions the enforcement of religious sacraments, it is the best bet that the government created this to please far-right politics. And this policing sector is not just present in Iran but also in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia polices even the simplest of things like women driving a car, something most Americans would take for granted.
Another problem would be the hijabs and face-coverings, which have no room for self-expression and are catered to jealous husbands, who have nothing better to do with their time than let jealousy ruin a woman's life. This type of policing opens the door to a world where women suffer dire consequences because of the actions of men. It is not just wrong morally but it also questions the sanity of the male population in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In a world where women were designed to be a testament to the beauty of the creator of the universe, there is no room for it because of the power of the patriarchy. A power this big should never exist because it only harms the women in the world.