Iranian Activist Sentenced To 24 Years In Prison For Taking Off Hijab In Public
It’s easy to take the little things and our freedom for granted.
An Iranian civil rights activist identified as Saba Kord Afshari has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for taking off her headscarf with authorities claiming it promotes “corruption and prostitution.”
According to the the Iran Human Rights Monitor, Afshari, 20, was given the sentence by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on Tuesday for charges of “spreading corruption and prostitution by taking off her hijab and walking without a veil,” “spreading propaganda against the state,” and “assembly and collusion.”
Her sentences were increased by one-half because of “numerous charges and previous records,” according to the report.
Afshari and her mother, Raheleh Ahmadi, have been protesting for a while by walking around the city without their hijab. They would share videos online to encourage other women to fight for their freedom too.
After her previous experiences in jail she spoke out, “When I saw the situation of prisons closely … I came to the conclusion that we in Iran only have the name of human rights,” Afshari told the women’s committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. “In fact, in Iran, there are no rights for humans, let alone respecting human rights in the prisons.”
The government in Iran considers protesting and disobeying orders to wear the correct hijab as a huge offense.