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Iranian authorities have banned a film festival that released an advertising poster featuring an actress who did not wear a hijab headscarf, state media reported.

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The ban comes after the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) released a poster for its upcoming Short Film Festival featuring Iranian actress Susan Taslimi in the 1982 film “The Death of Yazdguerd”.

“The Minister of Culture has personally issued a banning order from the 13th edition of the ISFA Film Festival, after using a photo of a woman without a hijab on its poster in violation of the law,” the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

The festival was to take place in September.

Wearing the hijab, covering the head and neck, has been compulsory for women in Iran since 1983, shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

However, Iranian women have increasingly flouted the strict dress code since mass protests began last September calling for an end to the compulsory hijab.

The months-long protests were sparked by the death of Iranian Kurdish Mahsa Amini, 22, who had been arrested by vice squad for allegedly breaking the strict Islamic dress code.

Earlier this month, police said patrols had been relaunched to catch the growing number of women unaware of the law.

The judiciary’s Mizan Online website said on Saturday evening that legal action was being taken against Digikala, a major e-commerce company, over images of female employees not wearing headgear.

On Wednesday, a court in Tehran sentenced prominent actress Afsaneh Bayegan to a two-year suspended prison sentence for failing to wear the hijab at a public event.

He also ordered Bayegan to attend a psychological center weekly “to treat the mental disorder of having an anti-family personality” and to present a health certificate after his treatment, the Fars news agency reported.

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