Iranian government plans to use facial recognition to enforce hijab law

  • Hijab mandatory after Iran’s revolution in 1979
  • Tehran planning to use facial recognition technology to enforce the law
  • New era of surveillance and punishment

New plans have been announced to support the stricter rules on wearing the hijab which were passed after the national Hijab and Chastity Day was marked by mass protests including by women who took to social media to show how they were not complying with the rules.

Mohammad Saleh Hashemi Golpayegani, The secretary of Iran’s Headquarters for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice has announced that Tehran is planning to deploy facial recognition technology including on public transport and other public places.

Some of the women who defied the rules have faced state detention.

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