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Iranian Woman Gets 20 Years in Prison For Removing Her Headscarf in Protest

Time logo Time 10/07/2018 Associated Press
a person wearing a hat: Photo taken in Jemappes, Wallonia, Belgium. © Samere Fahim Photography/Getty Images Photo taken in Jemappes, Wallonia, Belgium.

(DUBAI) — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf out of protest in December says she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Shapark Shajarizadeh posted on her personal website that she had been jailed for “opposing the compulsory hijab” and “waving a white flag of peace in the street.”

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.

Women wearing islamic scarf walking in streets of Isfahan, Iran © getty Women wearing islamic scarf walking in streets of Isfahan, Iran

Police in Iran arrested 29 people in February for removing their headscarves as part of a campaign known as “White Wednesdays.” Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who represented Shajarizadeh and other women, was arrested last month.

Shajarizadeh, 42, was released on bail in late April. Her current whereabouts were unknown.

In Iran, women showing their hair in public face penalties ranging from a $25 fine to prison time.

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