They are risking two months in prison and a €20 fine.
That is the penalty for women who dare to let their hair loose in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where the veil has been compulsory in public since 1980.
In the years following the Revolution of 1979, the dress code was strict. In universities, the maghnaeh was the norm. It resembles a nun’s headdress, sewn together to allow space for the head without having to knot it at the neck, and thus without the risk of it slipping off. The maghnaeh was customary also in public offices, where there were public employees waiting with makeup remover to clean off makeup that was deemed too heavy. The chador was the required outfit for the lower classes, and it was mandatory for all in the mausoleums on pilgrimage routes: Masumeh in the holy city of Qum, and the tomb of Imam Reza in Mashhad.