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Hundreds in Iran Protest Acid Attacks on Insufficiently Veiled Women

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Wednesday on the ongoing protests in Iran against acid attacks against women that “apparently occurred because they were not properly veiled.”

Hundreds gathered in front of the parliament building in Tehran on October 22, while eyewitnesses said hundreds came to the Justice Ministry building in Isfahan, the central-western city where the acid attacks took place.

Demonstrators carried signs against the vicious attacks while calling on the state to protect women against violence.

Iranian local media reports that as many as eight women have been injured in recent acid attacks.

The protesters “also called on the parliament to drop a proposed bill that provides protection for religious zealots that attempt to enforce Islamic codes.”

Last week an Iranian actress, Narjes Mohammadi, refused to participate in a public ceremony after it was announced that she would appear fully covered. A British-Iranian woman, Ghoncheh Ghavami, recently began a hunger strike after being jailed for 100 days for watching a men’s volleyball match. In May an Iranian actress, Leila Hatami, apologized after being threatened with flogging for having kissed the head of the Cannes Film Festival.

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