Women sentenced to one year behind bars for protesting compulsory hijab

Maryam Shariatmadari

Branch 1091 of the 2nd Penal Court of Tehran, sentenced Maryam Shariatmadari, who protested the mandatory veil by publicly taking off her scarf, to one year of prison. Judicial officials announced the verdict to her lawyer, Nasrin Sotudeh, on March 25.

This is the second sentence issued for a woman who protested compulsory hijab by intentionally taking off her scarf in public.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist who is Ms. Shariatmadari’s lawyer emphasized that her client had been discriminated against by the Iranian Regime’s Judiciary.

She said, “Ironically, the Judiciary ignored the case of a girl who had been sexually abused by her father, but surprisingly issues such heavy sentences for women who remove their scarves.”

Ms. Sotoudeh added, “I believe that the protests against the compulsory veil will not be subdued by such unusual decrees that do not comply with legal and judicial standards.”

Maryam Shariatmadari, 32, is a student of Computer Sciences at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University. She was pushed off a telecoms box by a State Security Force officer and hurt in the knee on February 23, 2018, when she was protesting the compulsory veiling by removing her shawl.