Infamous Iranian regime judge Abolqasem Salavati, who has been tagged as Iran’s “hanging judge,” sentenced a 25-year-old Iranian woman to 10 years in prison for “encouraging prostitution” because she took off her mandatory headscarf at an anti-regime protest.
The American government news organization Voice of America (VOA) tweeted in Persian about Mahsa Peyravi’s sentence on Sunday. VOA wrote that the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Peyravi for taking off her headscarf in October on Mirdamad Boulevard in Tehran. She twirled her hijab in an oft-repeated act of women’s rights defiance against the clerical men who rule the theocratic state.
The Tehran court found her guilty of “encouraging corruption and prostitution” for her rejection of the obligatory Islamic dress code. She was also convicted of “assembly and collusion.” Human rights organizations have long argued that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s opaque judicial system fails to meet rudimentary norms for a modern legal system.
Hamid Charkhkar, an Iranian American academic, told the Jerusalem Post that “this cruel and inhumane treatment of Iranians by the Islamic regime in Iran shows the end for [Ali] Khamenei’s dictatorship is near. The youth in Iran will no longer tolerate Sharia laws and they are done with medieval Mullahs controlling their lives. Over the last 100 days, Iranians have fought this regime every day and now for the first time in 43 years since the emergence of Islamic fascism in Iran, most people can see a future without the Islamic Republic.”