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Woman’s disturbing encounter with Iranian morality police caught on tape

By WITW Staff on May 8, 2017

Over the weekend, an anonymous video was posted to the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page depicting a young woman’s frightening encounter with the morality police in Tehran. Presumably pulled over for not wearing the veil while driving — obligatory for female drivers in Iran — the police took the woman’s documents and, as onlookers filmed, attempted to run her over when she stepped in front of the police vehicle and demanded her papers be returned.

The video lasts only 30 seconds and onlookers can be heard reacting with distress as they watch the young woman risk her life when she begins to argue with the police, moving from the open door of the van around to the front and placing her hands over the hood of the car. Clearly nonplussed, the police pull the van forward knocking her to the ground and dragging the woman until her legs slide under the vehicle. Watch the full video below at My Stealthy Freedom.

Standing up to morality police van

When morality police took her documents, she stood in their way… see what happened next This harrowing incident was filmed in the streets of Tehran. The woman in this video had been stopped by the morality police as she was trying to get back her documents, which were confiscated presumably due to her lack of observance of the compulsory veil while driving. She resisted them by risking her life. How many other Iranian women have experienced similar ordeals whereby their cars were impounded because they were not wearing the veil while driving? Or fined? Does anyone have more information on this?A female university student sent the following note to My Stealthy Freedom: “My car was impounded in the street due to my veil. They confiscated my student card and told me that they would not give it back. They threatened me by telling me that either I had to get into their car or, if not, I would have to go to the police station to pick up my student card. I responded to them, ‘The card you are holding is a photocopied version; you can keep it all you want! I don’t need it and I don’t really care whether you confiscate it or not!’. I just walked away after uttering those words because they can go to hell”. #NoMoreMoralityPoliceپليس مدارك اين زن را از او مي گيرد وقتي هم مقاومت مي كند براي پس گرفتن مداركش اين اتفاق مي افتد. . چند نَفَر از زنان ايران تجربه مشابه دارند كه ماشين شان به جرم رانندگي بدون حجاب متوقف شد؟ توقيف شد يا جريمه دريافت كردند؟ كسي اطلاعات بيشتري در اين مورد دارد؟

Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Masih Alinejad, the publisher of My Stealthy Freedom and a Women in the World contributor, has been documenting such incidents for years now. Beneath the video, Alinejad posted the account of another woman who said she experienced a similar run-in with morality police “due to my veil.” The woman said the police subjected her to similar intimidation practices until she finally walked away from the situation.

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