An Iranian woman dies “after being beaten by the morality police” due to the headscarf law | Iran

A 22-year-old woman died in an Iranian hospital days after she was detained by the regime’s morality police for allegedly failing to comply with the country’s hijab regulations.

Mahsa Amini was traveling with her family from Iran’s western Kurdistan region to the capital, Tehran, to visit her relatives when she was reportedly arrested for not adhering to the country’s strict rules on women’s clothing.

Eyewitnesses reported that Amini He was beaten in a police carThis is an allegation denied by the police.

This news comes weeks after hard-line Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi announced, I ordered the suppression of women’s rights She called for stricter enforcement of the country’s mandatory dress code, which requires all women to wear a headscarf since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Amini’s family was notified that she had been taken to hospital hours after her arrest. She was transferred to the intensive care unit of Al-Kasra Hospital.

according to foodan Iranian human rights organization, Amini’s family was told during her arrest that she would be released after a “re-education session”.

Mahsa Amini in a coma before her death.
Mahsa Amini in a coma before her death. Her family was told during her arrest that she would be released after a “re-education session”. Photo: Twitter

Police later said Amini had suffered a heart attack. Amini’s family opposed this, saying that she was in good health and did not have any health problems.

Her family said Amini was in a coma after arriving at the hospital, adding that hospital staff told them she was brain dead.

Pictures of Amini lying in a hospital bed in a coma with bandages around her head and breathing tubes went viral on social media.

Her hospitalization and death drew condemnation from Iranian celebrities and politicians. Mahmoud SadeghiA reformist politician and former deputy supreme leader called Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to speak frankly about Amini’s case.

“What does the Supreme Leader, who has rightly denounced the American police for the killing of George Floyd, say about the Iranian police’s treatment of Mohasa Amini?” Sadeghi tweeted on Friday.

The Ministry of Interior and the Tehran Public Prosecutor opened investigations into the case after an order was issued by Raisi, state media reported.

Raisi signed a decree on August 15 imposing restrictions on women’s dress and providing harsher penalties for breaking the strict law, both publicly and online.

Women across the country were arrested after the national “veil and chastity day” was declared on July 12. She was one of the women Sepideh Rashnoa writer and artist who was reported to have been beaten and tortured in custody before a forced apology was offered on television.

Human rights groups reported that additional security forces were deployed outside Al Kasra Hospital.

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