IRANIAN WOMEN SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR REFUSING TO WEAR HIJAB
The young woman’s lawyer, Payam Derafshan, confirmed to AFP news an earlier statement he made to Iran’s IRNA state news agency that his client was convicted of “encouraging corruption and debauchery” for breaking the law requiring women to wear the traditional headscarf.
This was not the first time Movahedi had engaged in protests and her act was imitated by several other young Iranian women who also face criminal charges for going bareheaded in public.
“The judge was very sympathetic to the fact that Ms. Movahedi has a two-year-old daughter and that she had not had a political motive for her actions,” Derafshan told AFP.
She has been in jail for the past five months and has unsuccessfully sought parole.
The original protest took place in Enghelab Square in Tehran, Iran’s capital city. The name means Revolution Street and Movahedi was dubbed Revolution Street Girl in Iranian media as a result.
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The protests were eventually quashed and the government subsequently organized massive pro-Iranian regime rallies. But dissent against the Islamic Republic continued. At one protest in June of 2018 some protesters could be heard chanting “Death to Palestine,” “Help us, not Gaza,” and “Leave Syria alone and deal with Iran,” calling on the Iranian regime to invest in its own economy rather than interfering in other spheres throughout the Middle East.
Jangravi was one of at least 39 women arrested last year in connection with hijab protests, according to Amnesty International, which said another 55 people were detained for their work on women’s rights, including women who tried to enter football stadiums illegally and lawyers advocating for women.
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