About tow thousand women protested in Teheran last Saturday (5 July) against a law that would force them to wear Islamic dress.
GV Line of women demonstrators PULL OUT AND PAN TO men demonstrating
SVs Women demonstrators link hands on pavement (2 shots)
REAR V Men demonstrating against women
GV Procession of women along pavement
SCU Chanting women along pavement
GV Chanting men, chanting women, chanting men (3 shots)
CU Man using microphone, PAN TO men demonstrating, GV demonstrators in Teheran street (2 shots)
An Iran Air domestic flight was delayed for five hours on Saturday (5 July) because revolutionary guards objected that the stewardesses were not wearing Islamic dress.
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Background: About tow thousand women protested in Teheran last Saturday (5 July) against a law that would force them to wear Islamic dress.
SYNOPSIS: Saturday was the day when the law was due to come into effect for workers in government departments; and many of the young women demonstrating were clerks and secretaries in government offices. Islamic dress is either the all-enveloping black chador, or at least a scarf over the head and loose clothes that do not outline the figure. In future, the young women will either have to dress like that for work, or risk losing their jobs.
Nearly as many men turned out for a counter-demonstration. They shouted "death to the foreign dolls" at the women, but there was no actual violence. Revolutionary guards kept the two groups apart. They made the women stay on the pavements, and would not allow their husbands or boy friends to demonstrate with them.
Two Islamic newspapers in Teheran published pictures of the demonstration in Sunday with an apology, describing them as "shameful". One paper called the women "left-overs of American culture", and said the rally was staged "on the orders of the Voice of America" radio station.
Occasionally, zealots have physically attacked women wearing short skirts, tight jeans or heavy make up in the street. But Ayatollah Khomeini has declared such attacks to be against religious law.