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Iran: Oppression of Students via Conduct Codes and Clothing Regulations Continues

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued this statement regarding the new regulations:

“The mullahs’ anti-human regime, on the eve of new academic year, has resorted to new repressive and misogynistic measures in universities and educational centers in fear of student protests. The suppressive plan, called “chastity and the veil,” reflects the fact that women’s oppression is still among the chief policies of the regime. The plan was instructed by the Rouhani government to universities.

According to this outrageous plan, the size of heels and fingernails and color of female students’ clothing are specified, and female students must commit to respecting these medieval and insulting instructions.

For male students some criteria have also been specified such as: “The use of tie and bow tie of any kind is prohibited. Use of short and tight pants, tight and thin pants and deliberately torn and patched pants, long hair… so that it falls lower than the collar… is prohibited.” (Mehr News Agency September 19, 2016)

Parts of Students’ Code of Conduct, Clothing Regulations for Female and Male Students are reproduced below:

Students’ Code of Conduct:

“Compliance with the regulations concerning Islamic clothing, avoiding to gather or stand within the university campus, avoiding any attempt in order to join or cooperate with pagan groups or emerging religions (like Satanism…) are parts of this code of conduct for female and male students in Beheshti University.”

Clothing Regulations for Female Students:

• Clothing should be simple and away from outrageous fashions and different from the clothes worn in other places, like parties, ceremonies or recreational places.

• Clothing colors should not be too loud so as to draw attention. Shoes should be simple. High heels (over 5 centimeters), long boots (knee-high boots) and shoes which are worn in parties and special ceremonies are not allowed.

• Wearing socks in the university campus is necessary. Jewelry and ornaments worn in the campus should be of acceptable ones (like wedding rings, watches, …)

• Wearing strong fragrances is not allowed. Length of nails should be appropriate , wearing nail polish, nail extensions and jewelry is not allowed.

• Wearing hats instead of wimples is forbidden. Wearing tight, short or ripped pants and open-front, no-button mantles is forbidden.

Clothing Regulations of Male Students:

• Using ties or bowties of any kind is forbidden. Wearing tight, thin or ripped pants is forbidden. Too short clothes like sleeveless shirts or A-Shirts are forbidden. Wearing ornaments like necklaces, chains, wrist bands or bracelets is forbidden.

• Wearing hair colors or outrageous hairstyles (curling, braiding, picking eyebrows), and having long hair is forbidden.

On these suppressive plans of the clerical regime, the chairwoman of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, had this to say, “Such plans and implementing these criteria in the universities’ campuses is tantamount to meddling in the most private aspects of people’s lives and is simply indicative of the clerical regime’s fear of Iranian women and the young generation. Their implementation only adds to the hatred of the regime by the Iranian people at large and their unity and solidarity to spread their protests until the realization of freedom and democracy in Iran.”

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