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The News Minute| October 5, 2014| 10.00 pm IST

Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25-year-old British- Iranian woman being held in Iran, following her arrest for attending a men’s volleyball match has gone on huger strike.

The Telegraph UK reports that she started the hunger strike after being kept in solitary detention for the last 100 days.

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s mother, Sousan Moshtaghian, told the Telegraph that she too would be on a hunger strike as long as the nightmare continued for her daughter.

British Iranian national Ghoncheh Ghavami has languished in solitary confinement for more than three months in Iran's notorious Evin prison without any charges. Her crime? The 25-year-old attempted to watch a volleyball match in Tehran's Azadi stadium this June.

In September, three months after being detained without charge, Ghavami has notified her parents over a rare phone call that she has been formally charged with “propaganda against Iran’s regime.” This could carry a jail term of several years.

Ghavami and a few other women were first arrested on June 20 for demanding entry into the venue. They were released but when Ghavami returned to collect her belongings from the authorities she was detained and jailed. Women are banned from stadiums in Iran, be it for viewing football or volleyball matches, since the 1979 revolution.

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