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Donya Rad, woman in arrested for eating without hijab

BY Anas Shah Sep 30, 2022. 08:13 pm

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According to her sister on Friday, Iran has detained a woman who was seen in a photograph during Mahsa Amini’s death demonstrations eating out sans a headscarf.

The image showed Donya Rad having what appeared to be breakfast while chatting with a female acquaintance who was also not wearing a hijab in a traditional Tehran restaurant.

Users praised the two women for their civic disobedience in defiance of the Islamic Republic’s strict clothing code for women as they extensively shared the image on social media.

After being detained by the nation’s rigorous morality police, who uphold the laws governing the required hijab, Amini passed away earlier this month.

“Yesterday after this photo was published, the security agencies contacted my sister Donya Rad and asked her to give some explanations,” her sister Dina wrote on Twitter.

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“Today, after going where she was told, she was arrested. After a few hours of silence, Donya told me in a short call that she was transferred to ward 209 of Evin prison,” she said, referring to a notorious wing of the Tehran jail which is reputedly run by the intelligence ministry.

“Our family is very concerned about her wellbeing,” she added.

The previous few days have seen an increase in photos of civil disobedience, with Iranian women uploading pictures of themselves walking, shopping, or sitting in cafés without headscarves.

“They just went to get breakfast without headscarves. They were arrested. This is how brutal/sick the hijab policy is in Iran,” commented prominent US-based campaigner and journalist Omid Memarian on Twitter.

 

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