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Shaparak Shajarizadeh; Iranian Woman Receives 20 Years in Prison for Taking off Her Headscarf in Protest

A woman living in Iran was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for taking off her hijab to protest against mandatory Islamic coverage in December.

Shaparak Shajarizadeh took to her personal website to announce that she was jailed for “opposing the mandatory hijab” and “waving a white flag of peace on the street”.

Another 29 people were arrested in February by police for taking off their headscarves as part of a campaign known as “White Wednesdays”. Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer representing Shajarizadeh and other women, was also arrested last month. .

Shajarizadeh, 42, was tortured and beaten after her arrest, her lawyer said. She was released on bail in late April. His current comings and goings were unknown.

In Iran, women who show their hair in public face fines ranging from a $ 25 fine to a term of imprisonment.

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