In Iran, Mahsa Amini died after being arrested by the morality police

ATTA KENARE / AFP An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask walks through a closed Bank Sepah branch in downtown Tehran on July 20, 2021. – Iran a day earlier announced strict curbs on capital of Tehran and the surrounding province to prevent the spread of Covid-19, as Daily infections are approaching a long time. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)


Mahsa Amini, 22, who fell into a coma after being arrested in Tehran by the morality police, died on Friday September 16. (Illustration photo)

INTERNATIONAL – Arrested because she wears her veil badly. Mahsa Amini, 22, who fell into a coma after being arrested in Tehran by the morality police, died on Friday, September 16, state television and her family announced.

The young woman was visiting Tehran with her relatives when she was arrested on Tuesday September 13 by the special police unit responsible for enforcing strict dress codes for women, including the obligation to cover their hair According to Tehran police, Mahsa Amini and other arrested women received “instructions” on the dress code.

In a statement, Tehran police spoke of a ” sudden heart problem » which led to death. Mahsa Amini “suddenly fainted while he was with other people in a meeting room”. He also stated “without physical contact” between the police and the young woman.

A “murder” according to activists

The state television broadcast for its part was taken from a video showing a room, visible in the police station, where you can see many women. One of them, introduced as Mahsa Amini, got up to chat with a “instructor” about his clothes, then he collapsed. In another quote, the emergency service took the woman’s body to an ambulance. The family confirmed to the media that the young woman arrived at the hospital.

The explanation given by the police in Tehran on the causes of the death of the young woman did not convince the associations that judged this death. “suspicious”. ” Allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, should be criminally investigated”Amnesty International responded. “The so-called motorcycle police in Tehran arbitrarily arrested her three days before her death under the country’s abusive, discriminatory and humiliating headscarf laws. All responsible agents and officials must be held accountable for their actions “the organization added.

Iranian lawyer Saïd Dehghan called the death of the young woman on Twitter a “murder”, saying that he received a head injury that caused a fractured skull. The director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, based in New York, Hadi Ghaemi, described the death as a “a tragedy that could have been avoided”. “ The Iranian government is responsible. She was arrested under the State’s discriminatory headscarf law and died while in a state detention center.he added.

The Ministry of the Interior is in charge of the investigation

Before the announcement of the death, the presidency of Iran indicated in a press release that President Ebrahim Raisi ordered the Minister of Interior to investigate this event. The country’s judicial authorities also announced through the news agency Mizan Online the formation of a special team that will open an investigation.

The incident came as controversy grew over the conduct of morality police who patrol the streets to enforce the headscarf law and other Islamic rules in public places.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the law mandates that all women, regardless of their nationality or religion, wear a veil that covers the head and neck while covering the hair. However, in the past two decades, more and more women in Tehran and other major cities are letting strands of hair, or more, out of their veils.

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