Anti-hijab protests have been going on in Iran since September this year. Protests continue despite strict measures taken by Iranian authorities. In this situation, an Iranian female athlete participated in a competition without wearing a headscarf as a symbol of support for the anti-hijab movement. This time his family home is said to have been demolished.
The female Iranian athlete in question is Elnaz Rekabi. She participated in the Asian Rock Climbing Competition held in South Korea last October without wearing a hijab, i.e. with her hair uncovered. According to the rules, it is mandatory for Iranian female athletes to wear the hijab in any type of competition. BBC news.
Elnaz Rekabi, 33, violated Iran’s mandatory dress code at the competition held in South Korea last October. By doing this, he got a lot of praise from the anti-hijab activists. But Elnaz Rekabi later said her headscarf had ‘inadvertently’ fallen off.
Elnaz Recabi was also forced to apologize. But Elnaz’s photo, seen as an opposition to the headscarf, fueled ongoing protests in Iran, and Reqabi was hailed as a hero at the time.
A video footage started circulating on the internet this week, the BBC says. It shows the ruins of a house with sports medals lying on the ground. In addition, Daoud, brother of Elnaz Rekabi and one of Iran’s top athletes, was seen crying in the video.
Iranian anti-government activists condemned it as a reprisal against Elnaz Rekabi. However, it is not clear when exactly this footage was captured.
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency confirmed that the house had been demolished. However, it has been claimed that the house was demolished because the family did not have valid permission to build it.
It also said the demolition of the house took place last October before Elnaz Recabi competed in the Asian Rock Climbing Competition in South Korea without a headscarf.