Woman Arrested For Eating Outside Without Hijab In Iran
“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.
“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.
“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.
Some on social media compared Rad’s actions to those of Rosa Parks, the American black civil rights activist who resisted segregation on buses, putting together images of Parks on a bus with Rad in a cafe.
Activists say Iran is in the throes of one of its most ferocious crackdowns in years to suppress the protests that erupted in the wake of Amini’s death, with some two dozen journalists rounded up as well as activists and cultural figures.
Security forces also arrested singer Shervin Hajipour, whose song “Baraye” (“For”) made up of tweets about the protests went viral on Instagram, the rights group Article 19 and Persian-language media based outside Iran said.