In 1980, two-thirds believed women should wear hijabs. Today, fewer than 45 percent approve of government intervention in the issue, the research said.
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The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab.The hijab debate has further polarized Iranians at a time when the country is buckling under unprecedented U.S. sanctions imposed since the Trump administration pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year.An Associated Press reporter spotted about two dozen women in the streets without a hijab over the course of nine days, mainly in well-to-do areas of Tehran -- a mall, a lakeside park, a hotel lobby.Even in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, frequented by many traditional women, most female shoppers wore these casual hijabs.The judiciary recently urged Iranians to inform on women without hijabs by sending photos and videos to designated social media accounts.Another gathering was attended by several thousand women in chadors.A 2018 survey by a Parliament research center indicated that most women wore a casual hijab and only 13 percent opted for a chador.In 1980, two-thirds believed women should wear hijabs.
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