Iranian government’s bizarre fatwa forces women to wear hijab in animated animated TV cartoons

Tehran, 23 February 2021 Tuesday

Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, Iran’s supreme religious leader, issued a new but bizarre fatwa on Monday, stating that women should be shown wearing hijab in cartoon animated features.

In an interview with a news agency, Khomeini endorsed his edict saying that given the consequences of not wearing the hijab, it was mandatory for women wearing hijab in the animation to show a fatwa based on Islamic law.

Although the fatwa has been condemned by Iranian political activists, and has been shown to be toxic, Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alainabad wrote on Twitter that it is not a joke.

It is notable that the film industry in Iran also has strict censorship, and accordingly, it is forbidden to show scenes such as sexual relations between men and women in films.

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