“The news is reporting that 93% of the population approves of the crackdown on hejab,” our cab driver told us.
“If that is true, there is no need to enforce hejab,” I responded.
“Don’t the women have mothers? Fathers? Brothers? Sisters? What business is it of the government,” the driver added. “On my wedding day, my wife asked me: What is your opinion of hejab? I said, What you wear is your business. All I want is your heart. If your heart is mine then you can wear whatever you want. If your heart is not mine, then wearing ten chadors won’t make a difference.”
The traffic on Jordan was, as usual, crawling. Since yesterday afternoon flocks of smiling religious police added to the traffic slowdown by standing on the street peering into each car that passed by. Above each checkpoint, another flock stood with a minibus and young women that they have pulled over for bad hejab.
And it isn’t just hejab, as my next post will tell you.
Pictures of Iranian women in hijab here.