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Iranian women take off hijabs in public to protest law

Iranian women take off hijabs in public to protest law

Yet a second woman, identified by human rights groups as Narges Hosseini, was arrested on Monday for participating in the protest.

Women who appear in public without the obligatory hijab can face fines and prison sentences ranging from 10 days to two months. However, at least two women have, including one on Monday.

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. I am happy with my choice but I am opposed to forced hijab and that's why I appreciate the Girls of Enghelab Street.

"I took my scarf off because I'm exhausted of our government telling me what to do with my body", a 28-year-old protester reportedly told feminist author and New York Times columnist Mona Eltahawy.

The Islamic dress code, in place since the 1979 revolution, considers veiling obligatory for any female above 13 in Iran and says they should cover themselves from head to toe while disavowing any figure-hugging dress.

Sotoudeh, who was awarded the Sakharov human rights prize in 2012, had said she would gladly take up Movahed's legal case but did not know where she was being held.

Writing on her Facebook page, Sotoudeh said that women should be given the right "to manage" their own bodies.

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He authored the 2016 book 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting , which promises to "help bring a person to a place of personal freedom". He remembers them wearing matching outfits of blue shirts and tan trousers and that the children appeared small and pale.

The December demonstrations started as protests against soaring food prices before quickly turning political as widespread corruption, as well as Iran's costly interventions in Syria and Iraq, further incited public anger.

Pictures posted on social media on Monday showed at least three other women standing on top of telecoms boxes in Tehran in apparent solidarity with the women, including one near Ferdowsi Square.

But even religiously conservative Iranians have voiced support for the protests, with many saying that religious rules should be a personal choice.

The issue of Iran's dress code for women has emerged as a major source of tension in recent years.

Vida Movahed's protest in the centre of Tehran last month.

Many on social media applauded and encouraged these women for standing up against rigid laws.

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