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Iranian Women Protest Against Strict Hijab Laws By Posting Flying Hair Photos

Women in Iran are required by law to cover their hair in public with a Hijab since 1979. In fact in 2014, The Iranian Morality police found 3.6 million women guilty of wearing 'inappropriate' dresses. They were warned, fined and even arrested for the same, according to Esmail-Ahmadi-Moghaddam, the Head of National Security Forces, Iran. London-based journalist Masih Alinejad started a silent protest against the Hijab law with an online movement. She posted a collage of two photos on Facebook, in one; she's wearing a Hijab and not in the other. She named the silent protest as My Stealthy Freedom.  Following her, many young, as well as middle-aged women, have posted their photos on Facebook where they expressed their feelings about the rule and how they feel when they keep their hair open in public. 

The Facebook page received more than 500,000 likes within a month. More and more women as well as men are joining this silent protest and hoping that the the law will be removed soon. 

Iranian Women Protest Against Strict Hijab Laws By Posting Flying Hair Photos

Iranian Women Protest Against Strict Hijab Laws By Posting Flying Hair Photos

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When bravery meets beauty.

When bravery meets beauty.

Freedom should not just be limited to the realm of Hijab.

Freedom should not just be limited to the realm of Hijab.

Hijab is worn by women of Iran to hide their hair.

Hijab is worn by women of Iran to hide their hair.

There are many reasons behind the enforcement of law, including belief of some people that it is mandatory in Islam for women to cover their heads with scarfs. Some people also believe that head-covers are a sign of godliness and purity.

London-based journalist Masih Alinejad, who is basically an Iranian, believes that women should have the right to wear whatever they want.

London-based journalist Masih Alinejad, who is basically an Iranian, believes that women should have the right to wear whatever they want.

She is not against the custom of wearing a Hijab, she has clearly stated. But, she is against the idea of forcing women to wear it all the time, even in front of their male family members. She was recently awarded the Women's Rights Award for 'giving a voice to the voiceless and stirring the conscience of humanity to support the struggle of Iranian women for basic human rights, freedom and equality' at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in 2015.

Alinejad recalls her childhood days when her brother did not have to cover his head but she had to, all the time.

Alinejad recalls her childhood days when her brother did not have to cover his head but she had to, all the time.

As a child, her brother was a symbol of freedom for her who could ride bicycle in their village without having to wear a scarf, unlike her. Alinejad believes that women should be the sole decision makers when it comes to wearing clothes. She says, 'My mother wants to wear a scarf, I don't want to wear a scarf.'

Her silent protest began with a Facebook photo and has been joined by thousands of Iranians since then.

Her silent protest began with a Facebook photo and has been joined by thousands of Iranians since then.

You must watch this video on the story of how the silent protest came into existence.

I hate all the fake Hijabs, all the meaningless beliefs cruelly forced, all the funny musts that have turned into laws. Please listen. The sunshine is mine as well.

I hate all the fake Hijabs, all the meaningless beliefs cruelly forced, all the funny musts that have turned into laws. Please listen. The sunshine is mine as well.

My heart feels imprisoned by an indescribable pain, caused by taking away this tiniest of rights from the women in my family, friends and all of the women of my country. It is as if I will never enjoy the wind blowing through my hair until I could touch this freedom at home.

 My heart feels imprisoned by an indescribable pain, caused by taking away this tiniest of rights from the women in my family, friends and all of the women of my country. It is as if I will never enjoy the wind blowing through my hair until I could touch this freedom at home.

Initially I was faced with rage of the male members of my family but I resisted and now it's been acceptable for them. Hope a day to make it common all over Iran.

 Initially I was faced with rage of the male members of my family but I resisted and now it's been acceptable for them. Hope a day to make it common all over Iran.

My only wish is that I would like to taste freedom in my own country, not only in the realm of clothing, but in everything.

My only wish is that I would like to taste freedom in my own country, not only in the realm of clothing, but in everything.

I went there just in order to get away from everything for even one day: from lies, from betrayal, from vile people. Here is my stealthy Freedom.

 I went there just in order to get away from everything for even one day: from lies, from betrayal, from vile people. Here is my stealthy Freedom.

This photograph was taken on the shores of Caspian Sea, north of Tehran, the capital city of Iran.

It's sad that my pretty black hair's going grey and it hasn't seen the color of wind, Sun or rain yet.

It's sad that my pretty black hair's going grey and it hasn't seen the color of wind, Sun or rain yet.

I am looking forward to the day when every single man, mother, and father in this country will join us and defend us until we start enjoying our most basic right, that is, our right to choose what to wear.

 I am looking forward to the day when every single man, mother, and father in this country will join us and defend us until we start enjoying our most basic right, that is, our right to choose what to wear.

We are living with many constraints everyday but is there anything more important than when we can't even have equal rights with men under wind, rain or sun for one minute?

 We are living with many constraints everyday but is there anything more important than when we can't even have equal rights with men under wind, rain or sun for one minute?

I took off my headscarf for the first time in 2009 and let my head stick out of the car window. At that very moment, I had felt like a free bird that enjoyed a fleeting moment of freedom out of its cage.

 I took off my headscarf for the first time in 2009 and let my head stick out of the car window. At that very moment, I had felt like a free bird that enjoyed a fleeting moment of freedom out of its cage.

My brother gave me the courage to send our photos.

 My brother gave me the courage to send our photos.

Many men from Iran are giving open support to the movement by sending photos with women who are not wearing a Hijab.

Here we all are enjoying the wind passing through our hair. What's interesting is that, something that's so obviously a man's right, is considered an illegal offensive act for me and my sister.

Here we all are enjoying the wind passing through our hair. What's interesting is that, something that's so obviously a man's right, is considered an illegal offensive act for me and my sister.

With the hopes for the day when we could leave home peacefully and without feeling afraid.

With the hopes for the day when we could leave home peacefully and without feeling afraid.

I like it when the wind blows through my hair.

 I like it when the wind blows through my hair.

Let It Go.

Let It Go.

Hoping for the ultimate freedom of Iranian women.

 Hoping for the ultimate freedom of Iranian women.

Why would they so forcefully attempt to send us to 'heaven'? My heaven is somewhere I can be free. Somewhere others can respect my choice and thought.

Why would they so forcefully attempt to send us to 'heaven'? My heaven is somewhere I can be free. Somewhere others can respect my choice and thought.

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