A group of women in Iran are facing up to 10 years in prison over photos that show them without headscarves on.
Tehran’s Revolutionary Court reportedly issued a nationwide warning in response to the photos, which are part of a long-standing feminist social media campaign called #WhiteWednesdays. The movement, organized by U.S.-based activist Masih Alinejad, encourages Iranian women to take photographs without wearing their mandatory hijabs. Alinejad has then been circulating the photos online.
“The truth is, I am not the only one they are scared of,” she stated on Instagram. “They’re scared of us, drops becoming a river.”
Prior to the announcement, women faced an average of two months in prison and a small fine for failure to wear the hijab in public. Iranian officials claim the protests are supported by the U.S.
“As Masih Alinejad has a contract with the Americans, all those women who send the video footages of removing their hijab to her will be sentenced between one to 10 years of jail according to the article 508 of the Islamic Criminal Justice Act,” Tehran’s Court of Revolution Head Mousa Ghazanfarabadi stated.
Alinejad denies this claim. Human rights organizations have classified women’s rights in Iran as “severely restricted.”
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