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Iran: Women’s clothing factories shut down

By INU staff

INU- Tehran’s police raided two women’s wear factories in the Iranian capital city on Saturday for manufacturing muscle compression clothing known as ‘Support’.

 

A manager of these manufacturing firms said: “‘Support’ is women’s clothing especially manufactured for comfortable house work.”

One such manufacturing shop was closed last month in northern Tehran and due to losses, the owner was not able to pay the employees.

“They shut down another clothing factory with no justification.”

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in shutting down shops selling clothing that is considered ‘improper’ by the clerical regime

Moreover, last week it was reported that, at least 30 shops, including photography shops, barber shops and printing shops, were sealed in several cities in the Mazandaran Province (northern Iran) under the pretense that they have breached Islamic codes.

Iranian police regularly carry out morality checks at shops and arrest women and youth on the pretext of improper clothing and non-Islamic hairstyles.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, on January 19, the Commander of Morality Police warned that the regime's strict women's dress code has become a source of friction between the people and the regime.

He told a group of clerics at a seminar on 'the Hejab and chastity' in the city of Qom on Sunday (January 19): "Improper dressing and avoiding wearing the veil is one of the oldest issues in Islamic society and for police today this issue is a point of friction between the rulers and the body of the society.”

"And many of those avoid the dress code have themselves grown up in religious families. This issue of improper veiling has turned into a security issue that is threatening our society."

 

In the seminar, Cleric Mohammad Reza Zaibai-Nejad, the director of a center for research on family issues, warned that: “If we lower the measures that have been taken, society will become more emboldened…, and if we become too harsh society will collapse."

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