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Iran woman sentenced to two years in prison for publicly removing her veil

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 10 Mar 2018

Iran woman sentenced to two years in prison for publicly removing her veil

Tehran: A woman in Iran has been sentenced to two years in prison after she protested against mandatory hijab law of the country by publicly removing her veil, media reports said.

The name of the woman has not been officially declared.

She was found guilty of "encouraging moral corruption", Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by BBC.

The image went viral and has since become an iconic photo.

Supporting the lady's action, rights campaigner Maryam Namazie had tweeted, "One of the iconic photos of yesterday's protest was a young woman with her compulsory hejab on a stick...What a wondrous site. Viva the protesting people of Iran. Long Live!"

Dozens of similar arrests of Iranian women have been made in the nation in recent times.

However, most of the women, who appeared in public without wearing a headscarf, protesting against the country's strict law, were released without charge.

The woman, who was sentenced on Wednesday, has been jailed for three months without parole, reports said.

She is "in need of long-term medical treatment and has to be seen by a psychiatrist", Jafari-Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by BBC.

As per a BBC report,  since the Iranian revolution in 1979, women have been forced to cover their hair according to Islamic law on modesty.

 

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