Iranian woman who removed hijab in public sentenced to prison

05:28 PM | 8 Mar, 2018
Iranian woman who removed hijab in public sentenced to prison
TEHRAN - An Iranian woman who publicly removed her veil on a Tehran street has been handed a two-year sentence in prison, local media reports.

The woman, who has not been officially named, was found guilty of "encouraging moral corruption", Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Tasnim news agency.

The woman sentenced in the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday was jailed for three months without parole.

Dolatbandi shared that 21 months of the woman's sentence had been suspended and that she was in need of medical treatment. He however criticised the suspension of the majority of her sentence and argued that she should serve the full term of her penalty.

According to the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan Online news agency, the woman had indicated she would appeal the verdict.

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Some reports said the woman was Nargess Husseini, 32, who had been arrested during a recent wave of peaceful protests against compulsory veiling in Iran.

Earlier this year, Iranian authorities announced they had detained 29 women who removed their head scarves as part of a campaign against the country's mandatory Islamic dress code.

Police claimed the women had been “tricked” into removing their veil by a propaganda campaign being conducted by Iranians living abroad.

Most of those detained have been released without charge.

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, women have been forced to cover their hair according to Islamic law on modesty.

Morality police launch regular crackdowns on those who are not fully respecting rules relating to the hijab.