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Iranian Women Go to Jail for Removing Their Hijabs in #Girlsofrevolutionstreet Protest

Iranian Women Go to Jail for Removing Their Hijabs in #Girlsofrevolutionstreet Protest

The Islamic dress code, established in the 1979 revolution, considers the Islamic veil or hijab, mandatory for any woman over age of 13 in Iran and says that they must cover themselves from head to foot while they reject any dress that embraces the figure.

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 unidentified woman held up a white headscarf on a stick in a square in the capital where Vida Movahed, another anti-headscarf protester, was arrested, images shared Monday on Twitter showed. She protested for about ten minutes before getting arrested by plainclothes officers. Alinejad also created the campaign #whitewednesdays previous year, which called on women to wear white in protest of the strict laws.

Images of her one-woman protest December 27 flooded social media, where she has been lauded as a courageous defender of women's rights.

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The movement to get rid of the country's dress codes was started by Iranian activist Masih Alinejad and her website My Stealthy Freedom, which encouraged women to send photos of themselves without hijabs.

Mohaved's identity was concealed until Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, announced on her Facebook page that Movahed had been released on Sunday (January 28). It was not clear if she was still detained.

"This should be seen as part of a larger struggle of Iranian women for equality and to have control over their own bodies, and can even be traced back to women's resistance of forced unveiling during the reign of Reza Shah", said Sussan Tahmasebi, an Iranian women's rights activist.

Now, in another sign that the protest could be gathering momentum, pictures posted on social media yesterday showed at least three other women standing on top of telecoms boxes in Tehran in an apparent show of solidarity. Both Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei support softer attitude toward women with improper hijab, though hard-liners opposed to easing such rules still dominate Iran's security forces and judiciary. Despite the fear of reprisals, millions of women in Iran defy the restrictions on a daily basis.

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