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Two women have been arrested in Iran after being attacked with yogurt, apparently for not covering their hair in public.
In the video, which has gone viral, the man walks up to two customers and starts talking to them.
He then grabs what appears to be a yogurt jar from a shelf and angrily throws it over their heads.
Iran’s judiciary said the two women were detained for showing their hair, which is illegal in Iran.
The man has also been arrested for disturbing public order, it added.
The arrests follow months of protests across the country demanding an end to the mandatory wearing of the hijab (headscarf).
The footage shows the women in the store, waiting to be served by a member of staff. A man who appears to be passing then walks in to confront them.
After speaking, he repeatedly attacks them with yogurt. The attacker is then pushed out of the store by the shopkeeper.
Arrest warrants were issued and the three were later arrested, the Mizan judiciary news agency reported.
It added that “necessary notices” have been issued to the store owner to ensure compliance with the law.
Not wearing the hijab in public is illegal for women in Iran, yet in big cities many walk without it despite the rules.
Anger and frustration with the law have fueled dissent in Iranian society.
Protests spread throughout the Islamic Republic in September following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman detained by the moral police in Tehran for allegedly wearing the hijab “inappropriately”.
The protests expanded, but remained rooted in the hijab issue.
A hardline Iranian parliamentarian, Hossein Ali Haji Deligani, has issued an ultimatum to the judiciary to propose measures to end the rule-breaking within the next 48 hours.
And on Saturday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi reiterated that Iranian women must wear the hijab as a “religious necessity.”
“The hijab is a legal matter and compliance with it is mandatory,” he was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.