Surgery-denied anti-hijab protester jailed for a year in Iran

Haider Ali 02:15 PM | 31 Mar, 2018
Surgery-denied anti-hijab protester jailed for a year in Iran
TEHRAN - An Iranian lady who protested against the laws which force women to wear a veil in the country was sentenced to a year in prison for breaking the strict nation's laws.

Maryam Shariatmadari caught the attention of social media and religious vigilantes as she waved her hijab in the air during a protest in February, however, the demonstration turned sour when a police officer violently shoved her to the ground after failing to convince her to come down to the pavement.

The 32-year-old activist, according to the journalist and eye witnesses, faced a 'severe' leg injury in the interruption and needed stitches but she was arrested and kept in Gharchak prison before being sentenced.

Tehran Police spokesman Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi had said in February that police - though they have a responsibility to tackle 'visible crimes' - had no right to 'violate the law'.

According to sources quoted by Iranian news outlets, the woman - a computer major student at the University of Amir Kabir - was charged with promoting disrespect to the hijab and acting against national security and was consequently jailed for a year.

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who represented Shariatmadari, said the verdict 'even goes against the laws.'

Besides the imprisonment, what haunts the human rights activist is the assertion that Shariatmadari was at one point taken out of surgery by police when she was about to go under the knife.

Such claim was bolstered by Center for Human Rights in Iran citing renowned journalist Jila Baniyaghoo.

Removing your headscarf and waving it like a flag in public has become a symbol for the “Girls of Revolution Street” movement, sparked by activist Vida Movahed in late December 2017 in Tehran.

Since 1979, Shiite-majority Iran forces women to wear the Islamic headscarf in public. The Islamic code also forbids women touching, dancing or singing with men outside their families, however,  a movement called White Wednesdays seeks women to flout regulations by photographing themselves without their hijabs and posting it on social media.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 21, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 21, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.15 286.15
Euro EUR 298.5 301.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 340.5 344
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.25 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.2 76
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.54 757.54
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.5 209.5
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.9 36.25
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 916.88 925.88
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.6
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 732.14 740.14
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.42 78.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.5 209.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.25 307.78
Thai Bhat THB 8.26 8.41

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 21 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,500.  

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.  

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390


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