New Delhi: Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi on Thursday canceled an interview with an American journalist because he refused to wear a hijab. It comes amid widespread protests in Iran that erupted after the death of a woman named Mahsa Amini in police custody for violating hijab laws. The Iranian president’s interview with CNN’s chief international anchor Christian Amanpour was abruptly canceled after the journalist refused to wear the hijab. Amanpour said on Twitter that she was asked to wear a headscarf, but after she refused, the interview was cancelled. In a series of tweets, the anchor said she planned to discuss the growing number of protests in Iran, including several incidents in which women are burning hijabs to protest the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, with other subjects. “During his visit to NY for the United Nations General Assembly, this was going to be President Raisey’s first interview on American soil. After weeks of planning and eight hours of installing translation equipment, lights, and cameras, we were ready. There was no indication of this President Raisi,” Amanpour quoted in a tweet. The lady journalist waited for 40 minutes for Raisi to come for the interview but in the end the interview was cancelled.
“40 minutes after the interview began, an aide came. The president, he said, was suggesting me wear a headscarf, as it is the holy months of Muharram and Safar. I politely declined. We are in New York, Where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I told that no former Iranian president has required it when I have interviewed him outside Iran,” Amanpour said as she wore one of her hijabs without a hijab sitting in front. Posted picture. from an empty chair.
The interview was eventually canceled after Amanpour repeatedly refused to wear the hijab. “And so we left. Interview not done. As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, this would have been an important moment to talk with President Raisi,” she tweeted.
Protesters pelted stones at security forces on Wednesday as part of the ongoing protests in Iran. Protesters set vehicles on fire and chanted anti-government slogans as harassment of the strict dress code for women continued in Iran. According to CBS, citing Iranian state media, police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of 1,000 people on Wednesday and arrested people. Meanwhile, UN experts strongly condemned the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Thursday. Experts also condemned Iranian security forces violence against peaceful protesters and human rights defenders, demanding accountability for Amini’s death in cities across the country, according to a press release from the UN Human Rights Office.
He urged Iranian authorities to immediately stop the use of lethal force to avoid further unwarranted violence and prevent peaceful demonstrations. “We are shocked and deeply saddened by Amini’s death. She is yet another victim of Iran’s continued repression and systemic discrimination against women and enforcement of discriminatory dress codes that deny women physical autonomy and freedom of opinion, expression and belief.” , ”says the expert.
According to Al Jazeera, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was on a family visit to Tehran when she was detained by a specialist police unit. After being in custody for some time, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to the hospital with the help of emergency services.
“Unfortunately, he died and his body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office,” Al Jazeera said on Friday. The announcement came a day after Tehran police confirmed that Amini, along with other women, had been detained for “rule instructions”. Following the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini, several female protesters cut their hair and burned hijabs to protest the mandatory veils of women. Following the incident, which sparked outrage on social media, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi directed the interior minister to launch an investigation. Amini’s death comes amid growing criticism inside and outside Iran of the ethics police, formally known as the Patroll-e Ershad (Guidance Patrol).
According to Al Jazeera, the mandatory dress code, which applies to all nationalities and religions, not just Iranian Muslims, requires women to cover their hair and neck with a headscarf. Women, especially in major cities, have increasingly protested by wearing scarves over their heads to reveal their hair.