20-year-old Saba Kord Afshari has been jailed for a total of 24 years after she removed her hijab.
The Iranian women’s rights activist was handed the sentence by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court as she was found guilty of removing her hijab and also ‘spreading propaganda against the state’ and ‘assembly and collusion.’
She and Raheleh Ahmadi, her mother, had been prominent members of the White Wednesdays protest group, which speaks out against the headscarf.
The two always shared videos of themselves walking around without their hijabs to encourage others to disobey the law.
Afshari was first arrested last year in the Iranian capital. She was imprisoned for a year and was released in February.
However, she continued to protest against human rights abuses by the Iranian regime.
She ended up in the women’s wing of Evin Prison in Tehran where human rights groups claim the 20-year-old was pressured into making video confessions.
She was brought for trial on August 19 and after one week her lawyer said he was informed of the new sentence.
Iran Human Rights Monitor said that the punishment was increased by half due to ‘numerous charges and previous records.’
Three other female activists, Shaghayegh Mahaki, Mojgan Lali and Shima Babaii, were also imprisoned for a total of 18 years. They were given 6 years each for ‘association and collusion against national security’ and ‘propaganda against the state.’
One internet user commented: “it should be clear to everyone by now Iranian women do not have rights.”
Another wrote: “She’s doing some good work. I hope she gets the support she deserves. Shame on that country for jailing her.”
A third said: “This is the real war on women we keep hearing about.”
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