female cyclists were arrested in Tehran’s Vali-Asr Square for breaking the regime’s
mandatory hijab laws, according to judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaeli.
Ismaeli didn’t say anything about the timing of the arrests, only saying that the women had broken the rules of “chastity and hijab”.
Previously, Massoumeh Ebtekar, a deputy in Iran’s Family and Women’s Affairs Ministry, had earlier said that there were “no rules in Iran which could prevent women from riding bicycles.” Presumably, she meant that women would have to wear the mandatory dress code – a head-to-toe black veil called “chador” –while riding, which would be impossible.
It should be noted that 70% of Iranian women do not believe in the forced veil, according to research done last July by the Office of Cultural Studies of the Research Center in the Majlis (Iranian parliament). Given the repressive nature of the regime, it is likely that this figure is less than the real percentage.
Iran’s regime has recently increased its pressure on women in many ways under the pretext of improper veiling.