According to the woman’s relatives, Iranian security forces seized her after a photo of her and another woman eating at a restaurant in Tehran sans headscarves went viral online. The picture, which first appeared on Wednesday, shows two women eating breakfast at a cafe that, like other coffee shops in Iran, is normally frequented by men.
One of the women in the photo, Donya Rad, was detained shortly after it was uploaded to the internet. Security services called Donya and requested that she come forward to justify her actions in person, according to her sister, who talked with CNN.
After going to the indicated location, her sister claims that she was arrested. After a few hours passed with no updates, Donya called to inform her sister that she had been moved to Ward 209 of the Evin Prison. Political dissidents are held captive by the government in Tehran’s notoriously brutal Evin Prison, which is solely meant for detainees under the command of Iran’s intelligence ministry.
According to reports, security forces recently imprisoned a number of well-known Iranians, including Hossein Mahini, an Iranian football player, Mona Borzouei, a writer and poet, and Faezeh Rafsanjani, the daughter of the former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
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