- The government of Iran has punished a young woman for removing her headscarf in protest
- The woman, Vida Movahed (32 years) was sentenced to one year in prison for the act which the Islamic nation finds offensive
- Her counsel on Sunday, April 14, said she is on a pardon list but the release procedures are still ongoing
A 32-year-old Iranian woman, Vida Movahed, has been sentenced to one year in prison after she removed her headscarf in a protest in 2017.
Movahed's lawyer revealed that she was was sentenced for encouraging public corruption and was ever since tagged the Girl of Enghelab.
However, her counsel on Sunday, April 14, said she is on a pardon list but the release procedures are still ongoing.
While there was no official comment, since verdicts are often not publicized, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei grants pardons mostly on public holidays.
Not less than 29 women were detained for similar offenses in 2018 year with three of them sentenced two years in prison and others said to be out of Iran.
Three have reportedly been sentenced to two years in prison and some others are believed to have left the country. Normally, such offences attract about two month-long jail term and a fine of about $25.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a popular TV broadcaster, Sulaiman Aledeh had raised alarm on Thursday, April 11, that his daughter was denied access to the examination hall to participate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which begins today, Thursday, April 11.
According to Aledeh, his daughter was asked to remove her hijab before she would be allowed into the hall.
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