Women in Iran get lashes instead of personal freedom
Date: 2016-11-23 19:07
The issue of corporal punishment in Iran has been brought to light once again, as journalist and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad took to social media to highlight various cases of the same. A few days ago, Alinejad shared an image of a young woman who had been arrested and given lashes across her back for being at a mixed-gender party.
Alinejad has been raising awareness about the ways in which Iranian society polices people, especially women, since 2014. It was the year she launched My Stealthy Freedom, a campaign inviting women to share photos of themselves without their headscarves on. The campaign received waves of support both from within Iran, and internationally. But if the hijab represents a milder form of social restriction, the punishment of 99 lashes for doing anything ‘un-Islamic’ is far more brutal. Cake spoke to Alinejad to find out more about the current situation.
“I received many photos from women and men inside Iran showing that they suffered from lashes,” she said, mentioning also an incident that took place in Qazvin. In May this year 35 co-ed students who were celebrating their graduation with dancing and drinking were arrested, and sentenced to 99 lashes each by the judiciary. Alinejad said very categorically that the point was to create fear, and stop people from having mixed-gender parties.
“This is the 21st century, and you see women get lashes, get arrested, just because they want personal freedom, because they want to be happy, because they want to choose what they wear.”
But while these and a few other incidents have been covered by international press, not every case does, even though they happen very regularly.