The story: Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) has criticized Iran’s crackdown on hijab non-compliance. This comes as conservative lawmakers consider a bill to strengthen enforcement of the mandatory Islamic headscarf.
Sidelined after the 2021 presidential elections, pro-reform figures have recently been making more public appearances, possibly in hopes of capitalizing on public discontent with hijab enforcement to mount a comeback in next year's parliamentary polls.
The coverage: Writing the foreword of a research paper on mandatory hijab in Iran, former president Khatami stated on July 30 that forcing women to cover their hair has "not been successful."
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