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Iran's Bad Hijab and Acid Punishment
Iran, which has 30 million under age 30, is ruled by a much older generation not exactly in tune with the younger Iranians. Women are constantly bombarded with ads and propaganda about how they should be dressed and what is not allowed. Fashion police do roam streets and when why encounter such a woman or girl, they pull her aside and basically "scold" her about how she is dressed and given a warning. Repeated offenders often get far worse treatment. What is permissible is at least a scarf covering their head and pants. Many wear a "good" hijab.
Some men are finding the more Western look of Iranian women, even with a head scarf, offensive. So, groups are roaming on motorbikes in Tehran and Isfahan, armed with acid and when they spot a woman or girl not dressed to their liking, toss the acid into their face, ruining their looks for life. Protesters numbering up to 2000 have been having their voices heard about violence against women. In Ishafan, Iran's main tourist attraction, there is serial acid attacker that has evaded police on a motorbike. He has attacked up to 10 women and conducted the dastardly deed, which even Iranian police state is "worse than murder". Even though, they enforce the strict dress code.
One victim was coming back from a pool and dropping her friend off. As she pulled the car to the side and stopped, the attack happened. She immediately got out and removed all her clothes and screamed for help, yet, nobody did and in fact, told her to put on the clothes! She lost one eye and is disfigured now.
The serial attacker has made national news in all media outlets. Some Iranian officials claim it is the West's fault that their women do not want to where the hijab because of movies etc. Still others, claim Western intelligence are actually doing this. Still, Iran wants to find this serial attacker and consider him a "terrorist" because the amount of fear created is large.