The organizers and participants of the Women’s March have remained silent regarding the Iranian woman who has been sentenced to two years in prison for protesting in December against the mandatory hijab.
This comes as no surprise as Western feminists have decided to stand with women like Linda Sarsour, a staunch advocate for Sharia law, to pretend that hijabs are a symbol of empowerment.
The woman, whose identity is not yet public, was charged with “encouraging corruption” for removing her hijab, putting it on a stick and standing tall on Enghelab Street during a protest against actual oppression.
“Judicial sources in Iran say the woman intends to appeal the verdict and will be eligible for parole after serving three months of her sentence,” Foreign Desk News reports. “Tehran’s chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, criticized the sentence for not being harsh enough and promised to impose a full two-year sentence.”
Since December, over 35 women have been detained just in Tehran for violating draconian compulsory veil laws. Many women have been bravely breaking the law in protest by standing on platforms and sharing images of their defiance on social media.
“In December, a campaign using a hashtag ‘White Wednesdays’ and showing a video of a woman waving a white hijab with her hair loose, resulted in the arrest and subsequent disappearance of one woman, whose fate sparked interest from media and rights groups across the world,” the FDN report continues.
Veil laws have been in place since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Women who do not comply are often disowned by their families, punished with fines — or even lashed and imprisonment for simply feeling the wind in their hair.