According to a member of the Iranian parliament, the government intends to impose new consequences on women who do not wear a hijab in public, with those who fail to comply after two warnings potentially having their bank accounts frozen.
Hossein Jalali, a member of the Cultural Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, informed Iranian media that "unveiled persons" would be given an SMS encouraging them to obey the rule and wear a hijab before entering a "warning phase" before potentially having their bank account frozen.
"In the third stage, the bank account of the unveiled person may be frozen," Jalali said.
The crypto community responded right away, with many taking advantage of the situation to advocate for decentralization and the power of cryptocurrencies to help people in reclaiming their financial independence and escaping the grip of their government and central bank.
The fact that Iran is already exploring its own central bank digital currency (CBDC), the crypto rial, and is currently in the pilot testing stage only heightened the worries raised by the crypto community since a government-controlled CBDC would enable an unprecedented level of control over citizens' finances.
Some have highlighted the growing trend of governments freezing bank accounts, as seen in Canada earlier this year during the convoy protest, while others have highlighted a move by some governments to limit physical cash withdrawals, as recently implemented in Nigeria in an effort to boost eNaira adoption.
Jalali did not elaborate on the "warning stage," but he did imply that there should be no "morality police" enforcing compliance with the law, and other prominent people have stated that cameras might be used in conjunction with artificial intelligence to identify offenders.
Since Sept. 17, when Mahsa Amini was detained by the morality police for not donning a hijab and her away in a hospital in Tehran under mysterious circumstances, protests have been ongoing.
In an effort to pressure the government to relax its rules for the wear of the hijab, many women are increasingly setting their hijabs on fire or choosing not to wear them.
Iranian government officials have suggested using cameras and artificial intelligence to locate and find violators, which only serves to make the situation more dismal.
Ali Khan Mohammadi, the spokesperson for the Amr Be Ma'rouf and Nahi Ya Mankar headquarters, emphasized the use of cameras to detect violators, adding, "These cameras can bring the party's national code in the form of artificial intelligence."
Overall, the crypto community is utilizing this development to emphasize how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may help citizens in breaking free from the clutches of their governments and central banks and reclaiming their financial sovereignty.