The announcement comes after nearly four months of protests around the country following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police.

She had been arrested because her clothes were not considered conservative enough.

Protests since September

Since the protests broke out in September, women have more often gone out without wearing the mandatory veil, but since the turn of the year the police have announced, among other things, that women must wear a veil even when sitting in cars.

"Courts must sentence the violators and give them fines and other penalties such as exile, bans from practicing certain professions and closing workplaces," the judiciary announced, according to Mehr.

In recent weeks, several cafes and restaurants have been closed by the judiciary for serving women without veils.

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After the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, strong protests have taken place in Iran.

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