(Persia Digest) – Arrested on 1 November 2018 in Iran and convicted to a year in prison for protesting the mandatory hijab, Vida Movahed has now been freed.
According to her lawyer, Payam Derafshan, Iran's judicial authorities have granted her leave and agreed to commute Vida's sentence.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that Vida Movahed, known as one of the ‘Girls of Revolution Street’, was arrested on 1 November 2018 after she climbed over an electrical junction box on Enghelab-e Eslami [Islamic Revolution] Street in Tehran and took off her hijab. The news went viral around the world. At the time, this action led to a series of similar actions by some of the other protesters of compulsory veil in Iran.
Vida’s lawyer has stated that she had not planned her actions and merely wanted to express her personal happiness. As a result, the judge gave her a one-year sentence in light of her situation as a mother with a young child - the shortest sentence possible in cases of encouraging corruption and prostitution.
According to Sharia law, a certain amount of veil is mandatory for women in Iran and those not observing the law in public places are arrested by law enforcement.
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