This is especially significant to religious fundamentalist groups, whether Christian or Moslem, with respect to the wearing of inappropriate and especially western clothing. It includes appearing in public without being full covered. Certain modern styles of clothing, whether worn by men or women, may also be viewed as decadent according to some political ideologies. In Iran the Islamic laws in 1993 prescribed up to 74 lashes for women who appear in public without wearing the hejab (a loose garment covering the shape of the body).
Women are symbolic of the nation and of the religious tradition and just as unveiling is the first step on a path that leads to her rape, so too the nation and the religion will find itself penetrated and dominated by evil forces.
There is no injunction in Islam requiring women to wear a veil. In the Holy Prophet's time, women joined the prayers in the mosque without a veil, and the only separation was that they stood in separate rows behind those of the men. In the Pilgrimage, women were actually forbidden to wear a veil, as it was a mark of high rank.