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Iran doubles down, rolls out tougher hijab punishments

The new set of orders appear to be a message to protesters that the Islamic Republic is making no retreats in the face of months-long nationwide protests.  
Iranian refugees and Iranians living in Greece hold placards and a banner as they take part in a demonstration to commemorate 40 days from the death of Iranian Mahsa Amini while in police custody in Iran, in central Athens on October 29, 2022. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The office of Iran's prosecutor-general issued a series of new directives Tuesday to the country's police to act "decisively" against women who fail to comply with the country's controversial hijab rules.

The ISNA news agency quoted Deputy Prosecutor-General Abdolsamad Khorramabadi as saying that police will be obliged to arrest and hand over to the judiciary women who remove their headscarves in public. Outlining detailed penalties, he said those women could face detention from 10 days to two months, while other measures were also at the disposal of judges, including a range of bans on work and political activity as well as banishment and confiscation of vehicles.

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