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In Quran basically there are 2 verses regarding the Hijab: 24:31 and 33:59
=() Quran 24:31 ” …. وقل للمؤمنات يغضضن من أبصارهن ويحفظن فروجهن ولا يبدين زينتهن إلا ما ظهر منها وليضربن بخمرهن على جيوبهن ….”Muhammad Sarwar: Tell the believing woman to cast down their eyes, guard their chastity, and not to show off their beauty except what is permitted by the law. Let them cover their breasts with their veils…
=()Quran 33:59 ” يا أيها النبي قل لأزواجك وبناتك ونساء المؤمنين يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن ذلك أدنى أن يعرفن فلا يؤذين وكان الله غفورا رحيما ” Yusuf Ali: O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful
As you pay attention to the history of hijab and verses you see few important points:
xx law of hijab was a man made law ,If Umar would not push Muhammad this law never existed.For more info check this link : http://www.apartheidsharia.com/story-behind-hijab-law-in-Islam-2/?no_frame=1
xx the law to STOP molesting women never came down , it was the law to protect just Muslimah[ نساء المؤمنين ] from molestation instead of all women.
xx hjiab was used as distinction between free women and slaves:
عبد الرزاق عن معمر عن
الحسن قال كن إماء بالمدينة يقال لهن كذا وكذا كن يخرجن فيتعرض لهن السفهاء فيؤذوهن لأنه فكانت المرأة الحرة تخرج فيحسبون أنها أمة فيتعرضون لها ويؤذونها أخبرنا فأمر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم المؤمنات أن يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن ذلك أدنى أن يعرفن من الإماء أنهن حرائر فلا يؤذين
Al-Hassan al-Basri (d. 728 AH/110 CE) said: Slave women in Medina used to be told certain things when they went outside. (One night) some foolish people accosted a group of women and bothered (or hurt) them because they thought they were slave women, but they were actually free women. Because of this, the Prophet ordered the believing women to cast their jilbabs upon themselves, so they would be distinguished as free women, and known from the slave women, and not bothered.
— Tafsir Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani (d. 211 AH/826 CE)

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In another case we see Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, prohibited slave women from wearing the jilbab:
XX عبد الرزاق عن معمر عن أيوب عن نافع أن عمر رأى جارية خرجت من بيت حفصة متزينة عليها جلباب أو من بيت بعض أزواج النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فدخل عمر البيت فقال من هذه الجارية فقالوا أمة لنا – أو قالوا أمة لآل فلان – فتغيظ عليهم وقال أتخرجون إماءكم بزينتها تفتنون الناس
Umar once saw a young girl leaving the house of Hafsa (his daughter), adorned with a jilbab — or, from one of the houses of the Prophet’s wives. Umar entered the house and said, “Who is this girl?” They said, “A slave of ours” — or, a slave of someone’s family. He became enraged at them and said, “Your slave girls left with their adornment, and created discord (fitna) amongst the people.”
— Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani (d. 211 AH/826 CE). Al-Musannaf
Even once Umar hit a slave girl because she had Jilbab:
xx عبد الرزاق عن معمر عن قتادة عن أنس أن عمر ضرب أمة لآل أنس رآها متقنعة قال اكشفي رأسك لا تشبهين بالحرائر
Umar hit the slave women from the family of Anas ibn Malik, when he saw them covered and said, “Uncover your head, and do not resemble the free women.”
— Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani (d. 211 AH/826 CE). Al-Musannaf

What Umar did caused disagreement in Islamic jurists:
Was Umar only removing her jilbab — or the khimar as well?
THE RESULT was since then Slave women were prohibited from wearing the jilbab and khimar. According to this outcome following centuries Muslim slave women were allowed to pray without a head covering, and walk topless in public. Legally the “slave woman’s awrah” [area that must be covered in order to avoid sin] became the same as man, from the navel to the knees.
While the ” free woman’s awrah ” only her face, hands, ( in some rare cases) feet.
ولا ينبغي للرجل أن ينظر من أمة غيره إذا كانت بالغة أو تشتهي مثلها أو توطأ إلا ما ينظر إليه من ذوات المحرم ولا بأس بأن ينظر إلى شعرها وإلى صدرها وإلى ثديها وعضدها وقدمها وساقها ولا ينظر إلى بطنها ولا إلى ظهرها ولا إلى ما بين السرة منها حتى يجاوز الركبة
It is not permissible for a man to look at a slave woman other than his own, if she has reached puberty (بالغة ), or he has a desire for her, except what it is permissible to look at from his relatives (المحرم ). So, there is no harm that he look at her hair, her chest, her breasts, her arm, her foot, or leg. And he does not look at her stomach or back, or what is between the navel and the knees.
— Muhammad ibn al-Hassan al-Shaybani (d. 189 AH/804 CE). Al-Mabsut, vol. 3, p. 47

This shows the difference of modesty between slave women and free women in Islam, though slavery has been abandoned in many societies[with smallest effort from Muslims]These days Muslim communities concerns regarding the hijab is nothing comparing with the slave markets, and topless slaves of centuries ago.
I am just wondering where are those Muslim feminists who defend hijab in the name of modesty , are they aware of the history of hijab and modesty and how they were punished if they were trying to be modest?