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Iran media reports anti-hijab activist was raped

Masih Alinejad, who dismissed the report, said it was a lie described those who fabricated the story as ‘dangerous’ individuals

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Iranian hard-liners are using state media to hit back at the woman who set up a Facebook page that encourages Iranian women to post photos of themselves with no headscarves, the online platform of the French broadcaster France 24 reported Wednesday.

State television claimed in a recent report that the creator of the page, Masih Alinejad, was raped in London – where she is currently living- after using drugs and undressing in public.

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The rape allegedly happened on the London Undergroud by three men and in front of her son, the report suggested.

Alinejad, who dismissed the report, said it was a lie and described those who fabricated the story as “dangerous” individuals.

“They have very easily turned a rape scene they created in their imagination into news,” Alinejad said.

“They didn’t even have pity for my son, and they made him a witness of the rape,” she added.

Meanwhile, Alinejad posted a video of herself singing “in the same London subway” on her Facebook page.

Bloggers and news website, including the semi-official Fars news agency close to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, also criticized Alinejad for her campaign, accusing her of working with foreign intelligence services and promoting immorality and promiscuity in Iran.

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The Iranian woman said she is planning to file a formal complaint with Iran’s Judiciary against state television and also a hard-line reporter she claims called her “a whore” on social media.

Alinejad’s Facebook campaign, which encourages Iranian women to let their hair flow free in snaps, has attracted more than 450,000 likes on the social media site.

Set up in early May, the campaign – named “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women” – has seen thousands of women taking off their veils in pictures posted to Facebook.