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Iranian Woman ‘Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison’ For Removing Headscarf in Protest

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An Iranian woman said she was given 20 years behind bars for the crime of removing her headscarf in public.

Shaparak Shajarizadeh said she was sentenced specifically for “opposing the compulsory hijab” and also for waving a white flag in the street, as shown in a post on her own website.

Don’t get caught in public without a head covering in Iran if you’re a woman — you could go to jail. For 20 years.

Iran and the culture of sharia for women — and this is what the leftists and feminists love to embrace. Go figure.

More from the Independent:

An Iranian woman says she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for removing her compulsory Islamic headscarf out of protest.

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

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.

A spokesperson for the Iranian embassy in London could not confirm the claim, and directed The Independent to Iranian judicial sources, who have been contacted for comment.

In February, police in Iran arrested 29 people for removing their headscarves as part of a campaign known as “White Wednesdays.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who represented Ms Shajarizadeh and other women, was arrested last month.

Ms Shajarizadeh, 42, was subject to torture and beatings after her arrest, her lawyer said, according to Amnesty International.

She 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 (£19) fine to prison time.

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