Iranian woman pictured eating breakfast without a headscarf is arrested and thrown into jail that held Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
- The image was posted on Donya Rad’s Twitter and spread across social media
- She has since been arrested for the protest and was thrown into Evin Prison
- Unrest has been spreading through Iran since the killing of Mahsa Amini
A young woman was arrested by Iranian authorities after being pictured eating breakfast in a restaurant without a headscarf.
The image, which shows Donya Rad eating breakfast with her friend in a restaurant in Tehran without headscarves, went viral on social media and attracted widespread attention.
The pair had been protesting the recent death of Mahsa Amini, who was killed in the custody of the Iranian morality police after being arrested for improper wearing of a hijab.
Ms Amini died at the age of 22, three days after she was arrested by the ‘morality police’ responsible for enforcing’s strict Islamic strict dress code.
The image had been posted on the Twitter account of Donya Rad showing her and a friend eating breakfast without headscarves
The act of not wearing a headscarf was in protest of the death of Mahsa Amimi (pictured) who was killed in custody of Iranian police
Police said she died of a heart attack and did not suffer any mistreatment, despite experts claims she was severely beaten.
Her death has already sparked widespread protests throughout Iran, with public figures expressing their outrage, including the Iranian national football team, who kept their black tracksuits on during anthems at the international friendly against Senegal.
After Donya’s image went viral, it was seen by the morality police, who summoned her to explain her actions.
When Donya arrived to explain, she was arrested by police.
Donya Rad (pictured) was arrested and taken to Ward 209 of the infamous Evin Prison
Donya Rad has been taken to the same jail that held Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Her family have not heard from her since, other than a brief call that informed them she was being moved to Ward 209 of Evin Prison, infamously known as the prison that held Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Donya Rad’s sister, Dina, revealed that they were confronted by police before her sisters arrest.
She said: ‘Yesterday, after the above photo was published, the security agencies contacted my sister – Donya Rad – and summoned her to give an explanation.
‘Today, after agreeing to be interrogated, she was arrested. After a few hours of no news from her, she told me in a short call that he was arrested and had been transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Our family is very worried about her health and safety.
‘Our family is very concerned about her wellbeing’.
Donya Rad (pictured) has had little contact with her family since her arrest, prompting her sister Dina to take to Twitter
The decision to arrest Donya Rad signals the unease Iranian authorities are facing over unrest in the country, with protests following the death of Ms Amini spiralling into protests against the Iranian regime.
In the two weeks since the death of Ms Amini and the protests that followed – at least 83 people, including children, have been killed.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 29 journalists have been arrested, including Nilufar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi, the female journalists that helped to bring Ms Amini’s case to light.
London-based Amnesty International addressed the violence protesters are facing, highlighting Iran’s ‘widespread patterns of unlawful use of force and ruthless violence by security forces’.