The year 2014 saw the moral police of Iran either fining or arresting 3.6 million women on charges of inappropriate dressing. As you read this article right now, the moral police of Iran have enforced laws that dictate that all women must wear hijab over their heads at all times.
An Iranian journalist who currently resides in the US, Masih Alinejad is against this regressive law. She is an advocate of the freedom of choice, which means that she believes and promotes the belief that covering one’s head should a be a matter of choice and not the matter of law.
To propagate this, she has been trying to establish contact with women in Iran who share her views and is asking them to take their scarves off and post pictures in their whole unveiled glory. She started a Facebook group called My Stealthy Freedom which has found support in about 900,000 women who are against this archaic law.
This started when Alinejad herself posted photos of herself without her scarf.
Islamic scarves can be of many types, namely Shayla, Hijab, Al-Amira, Khimar, Chador, Niqab, and Burka. The Hijab is one of the comparatively less conservative scarves but that should not mess with the fundamental freedom of choice.
Alinejad talks about how her brother always had more freedom than her and how she associated the essence of freedom with him. He was allowed to run around in open fields but she was denied this simple thing.
There have been so many women sharing their freedom stories, some women talking about how they have spent their entire lives without their hair feeling the wind and flowing but have gone grey, which is a pity.
These women are not asking for much when they just want their hair to fly in the wind, under the blue sky. Young girls speak up about how these Hijabs are a symbol of an age-old belief system. They force younger generations without giving them the opportunity to think and decide for themselves.
These beautiful women just want to be free, hope and live in a country that does not take away from who they are as people. It is crazy how something as simple as feeling the wind in your hair is something that is illegal and offensive.