Maryam Shariatmadari is Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Maryam Shariatmadari, one of the Girls of the Revolution Street (Dokhtaran Khiaban Enghelab) who protest mandatory hijab, who was released on March 7th, 2018, on bail from Gharchak prison in Varamin is sentenced to one year imprisonment for her activism.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Civil and Political Prisoners, Maryam Shariatmadari, one of Girls of the Revolution Street (GRS), was forcibly removed and detained by the security forces from atop of a power booth in a Tehran street on February 21st, 2018. She is now sentenced to one year imprisonment by Branch 1091 of the Tehran Penal Court 2.

Nasrin Setoudeh, Maryam Shariatmadari’s lawyer, received the verdict of one year prison sentence while Maryam was released on a bail of 50 million Tomans ($9000 on 4/8/2018) on February 24, 2018 from the Gharchak prison in Varamin.

An undated photo of Maryam

Maryam Shariatmadari is a 32 years old computer science major at the University of Amir Kabir. On February 21st, 2018 she stood on top of power booth in Tehran and waved her white scarf in a protest against the compulsory covering of women or forced hijab. She was kicked down from the power station by security forces. It is reported that the interaction with security forces resulted in a bloody head and one of Maryam’s legs being broken.

Of the tens of women who have been arrested in recent weeks for protesting the forced hijab (collectively known as the Girls of the Revolution Street (Dokhtaran Khiaban Enghelab), at least six women have been identified: Hamraz Sadeghi, Maryam Shariatmadari, Shaparak Shajirzadeh, Narges Hosseini, Azam Jangrudi and Vida Movahed.

On Saturday February 24th, one of the Girls of the Revolution Street, Narges Hosseini, was on trial for three charges, most notably “encouraging corruption.” She also faced two other charges: “non-compliance with the religious hijab” and “pretending to act haram”

On February 27th 2018, Sardar Hossein Rahimi, the commander of Tehran’s police forces, in an interview with the ISNA news agency stated “These girls will face serious police action. People cannot behave like this. In an Islamic society and in Islamic Republic it is obligatory and necessary for the citizens to observe the Islamic principles.“ Many Iranians disagree with that and believe in freedom in coverage for all citizens.

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