Tehran, Mar 8: A woman in Iran has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, three months without parole, for publicly removing her veil in protest against Iran’s compulsory headscarf law. The punishment was announced by Tehran’s chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi. The identity of the woman has not been disclosed. Also Read - Mike Pompeo Visits Israel to Discuss West Bank Annexation, Political Tensions With Iran
Dolatabadi said the woman intended to appeal the verdict. Criticising the light nature of the sentence and saying he would push for the full two-year penalty, he accused the woman of ‘encouraging moral corruption’ in public. Also Read - COVID-19: Air Force Evacuates 180 Indians Stranded in Iran, Flies Them to Srinagar For Quarantine
Notably, over 30 Iranian women have been arrested since the end of December for publically removing their veils in defiance of the law. Also Read - Iran Begins Lifting Restrictions After Brief COVID-19 Lockdown
As per the Iranian law that is in place since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, all women, Iranian or foreign, Muslim or non-Muslim, must be fully veiled in public at all times.
But in the past two decades, a growing number of Iranian women in Tehran and other large cities often wear loose veils that reveal their hair. In some areas of the capital, women are regularly seen driving cars with veils draped over their shoulders, AFP reported.
Dolatabadi said he would no longer accept such behaviour, and had ordered the impound of vehicles driven by socially rebellious women.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor said some “tolerance” is possible when it is about women who wear the veil loosely, however he added that strict action must be taken against those who deliberately question the rules on the Islamic veil.