Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Nasrin Sotudeh has been arrested for not covering her hair with a veil during the funeral of Armita Garavand, who died after suffering an alleged attack for not wearing the hijab in the Tehran subway.
“Nasrin Sotudeh was arrested for charges of not covering oneself with a headscarf and activities against mental security of society,” reported the Fars agency.
According to human rights groups, The activist was also beaten yesterday by security forces at the funeral Garavand, along with other attendees, who chanted slogans against the authorities.
Sotudeh, 60 years old and with a long career as an activist against the veil and the death penalty, described Garavand’s death on Saturday as “another state murder.”
The lawyer has spent long periods behind bars for “propaganda against the regime”, among other accusations, for defending women arrested for publicly removing their veils and opponents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.