Second woman 'arrested' in Tehran for hijab protest

Second woman 'arrested' in Tehran for hijab protest

Second woman 'arrested' in Tehran for hijab protest

A note under Article 638 of the Iran's Islamic Penal Code stipulates that "Women who appear in public without the Islamic hijab can be sentenced to up to two months in prison and be issued a fine up to 500,000 rials (roughly $13)".

Protests have in recent weeks, the largest in nearly a decade, as Iranians take to the streets to protest and allegations of widespread corruption.

They show at least nine other women posing in similar fashion in Tehran and the central Iranian city of Isfahan.

On December 27, a woman later identified as 31-year-old Via Movahed became an worldwide sensation after she stood atop a telecoms box in Tehran's Enghelab Street.

The young woman's resistance act coincided with the wave of protests that spread across the country in late December 2017.

Iranian women on Monday held a protest in Tehran against the mandatory hijab laws by putting their scarves on sticks in the middle of the busy streets.

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"The girl from Enghelab Street is being multiplied while blowing a new spirit to the civil-rights struggle and civil disobedience of the Iranian people", dissident journalist and former Culture Ministry official Issa Saharkhiz said in a Twitter post that included an image from Isfahan. "This Revolution proved to the world that people can govern over their own fate", asserted the Iranian head of state, on days approaching the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran which put an end to 2500 year old monarchy in Iran in favor of a long-waited democracy. Her message is clear, girls and women are fed up with forced [hijab].

But even religiously conservative Iranians have voiced support for the protests, with many saying that religious rules should be a personal choice.

The Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group, said on Friday some detainees arrested in the protests are facing charges that are punishable by death. "Since then, we've seen other acts of protests against the imposition of the dress code", Ebadi told RFE/RL in a reference to broad expressions of concern almost four decades ago.

The issue of Iran's dress code for women has emerged as a major source of tension in recent years.

The woman from the iconic protest image that activists have been imitating was reportedly freed on Monday after spending about a month in jail. Social media users were in praise of the women who protested forceful laws towards woman's dressing in the country.

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