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First 'Revolution Street Girl' Who Removed Hijab In Protest Sentenced To Jail

Vida Movahed, protested against compulsory hijab by removing her headscarf and hoisting it in public on Tehran's Revolution Street on December 27, 2017.

Iranian official news agency IRNA says Vida Movahed, the first Iranian woman who hoisted her headscarf on a stick to protest compulsory hijab in 2017 has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Payam Dorafshan, the woman's lawyer told reporters on Sunday April 14 that a Tehran court has sentenced Vida Movahed, nicknamed by Iranians as "The Revolution Street Girl" to jail on the charges of "encouraging people to corruption and prostitution by removing her hijab."

Dozens of women followed Movahed's move and removed their hijab and held it on a stick in public, in Tehran and several other cities during the Winter of 2017-2018.

The lawyer said that his client has accepted in the court that her protest was wrong and that she would not repeat the act. However, pressuring or forcing inmates to make statements or even confessions against themselves is a common practice in Iran.

He added that Movahed's appeal and her call for being pardoned within the framework of an amnesty declared recently has not been accepted by the authorities.

Other women, including Narges Hosseini, Azam Jangravi, Shaparak Shajarizadeh and Maryam Shariatmadari, who joined the protest against compulsory hijab were also arrested and sentenced to jail.