In Iran, women being forced to abide by the country’s religious dress code is a serious matter, especially when you look at the potential impact on their health.
According to a new study, Iran’s Islamic dress code for women is believed to be a contributing factor to the skyrocketing increase in the rate of the deadly Multiple Sclerosis (MS) disease among Iranian women. The reason being that it reduces their body’s exposure to sunlight, an important source of Vitamin D.
The study by Oxford University found that between 1989 and 2005, the rate of MS among women in Tehran increased by 700%.
In Isfahan the rate of MS among women increased by 300% between 2005 – 2009.
As noted lack of sunlight is believed to be one of numerous contributing factors to the rising rate of MS in Iran. Others could include “genetic dispositions” among Iranians.
Orthodox Jewish women in Israel who completely cover their bodies and get little exposure to sunlight could also face the same risk. But unlike Iran, no one is forcing them to dress this way.
All religions are holy. But I think it should be up to people to decide what they wear, and not to be forced to dress in a certain way, especially when it could risk their health. It also tramples on their human right to choose.