Indian Feminists In Solidarity with Dr. Homa Hoodfar

This statement was sent to the Iranian authorities and the Iranian Embassy in Delhi yesterday.

Here is a link to one of Prof Hoodfar’s most influential essays, “The veil in their minds and on our heads.”

We, the undersigned, are in solidarity with Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian anthropologist of Iranian origin who has been imprisoned by the Iranian authorities on June 6, 2016. Dr. Hoodfar is a respected academic scholar and researcher on women and family in the Middle East and the Muslim world.  She travelled to Iran in March 2016 to visit family and for research on women’s participation in public life.

Prior to her arrest, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard interrogated Ms. Hoodfar repeatedly without the presence of a lawyer, searched and seized her belongings including passport, phone and laptop.  Ms. Hoodfar fully cooperated with the process and has been very respectful of the domestic Iranian judicial system.  Since her arrest however, her family, colleagues and supporters in Iran were left with no choice but to go public with the news of the arrest.

Iranian authorities have given no reason for the arrest and the charges under which she has been held.  She has not been granted access to her family or legal counsel.  Dr. Hoodfar, aged 65, is not in good health and has already suffered from a mild stroke in 2015.  Her family is concerned about her health and fears she may not have access to the specialized care that she requires.

We urge the Iranian government to:

  • Provide Dr Hoodfar immediate access to her family and lawyer;
  • Ensure Dr Hoodfar has the medicines she requires for her neurological illness, her condition is monitored and the report shared with her family;
  • Release Dr Hoodfar and return her passport and other essential documents so she can travel back to Canada to continue her treatment there and resume her academic work.

A. Mani

Abha Bhaiya

Albertina Almeida, Goa

Ammu Abraham

Anuradha Kapoor

Anuradha Pati

Aruna Burte

Ayesha Kidwai

Celin Thomas

Chayanika Shah

Chayya Datar

Dr. Mira Shiva

Dyuti Ailawadi

Gabriele Dietrich

Geeta Seshu

Geetanjali Joshua

Geetanjoli Gangoli

Hasina Khan

Indira Jaising

Jessica Mahadevan

Johanna Lokhande

Kalyani Menon-Sen


Kavitha Murlidharan

Kiran Shaheen

Lata P.M.

Mary E John

Mira Savara

Nalini Nayak

Nandita Shah

Nazia Akhtar

Neeraj Malik

Nevedita Menon

Nimisha Desai

Nivedita Menon

Nizara Hazarika

Pramada Menon

Prof. Saswati Ghosh, Kolkatta

Pushpa Achanta (Journalist, Bangalore)

Rajashri Dasgupta

Ramlath Kavil

Rohini Hensman

Roshmi Goswami

Sadhana Arya

Sagari R Ramdas

Saheli Women’s Resource Centre

Sakina Bohra

Sarojini N

Saumya Uma

Shahida Murtaza

Shalini Mahajan, Writer, Bombay

Sheetal Sharma

Shilpa Phadke

Shraddha Chickerur

Shreya Sangai

Shubha Chacko

Sujatha Gothoskar

Sumi Krishna

Suneeta Dhar

Supriya Madangarli

Swatija Manorama

Teena Gill

Uma Chakravarti

Urvashi Butalia

Vahida Nainar

Vani Subramaniam, Film Maker

Vibhuti Patel

Virginia Saldanha

Vrinda Grover

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