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Woman dies after being arrested for not wearing veil properly in Iran (+ videos)

Not believing the official version, many decided to take to the streets to protest what had happened.

Iranian teenager Mahza Amini suffered a heart attack and coma as a result of a police station in the country where she was detained by the morality police for not wearing the veil properly, according to reports from Persia.

“Mahsa Amini, who was put into a coma after being detained by the police, has died,” the reformist daily Etemad said in a brief report, citing the young woman’s uncle as the source.

The 22-year-old was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for not wearing the veil properly and taken to a police station to attend “an hour of re-education”, her family said.

A few hours later he was admitted to a Tehran hospital in a coma due to a heart attack.

The news spread like wildfire on social media, where many users expressed their outrage. Later, the police confirmed his arrest, citing “the need to explain the dress code”.

“Suddenly she had a heart problem (…) and was immediately taken to the hospital,” police said in a statement gathered by Iranian media.

“President Ibrahim Raisi has ordered the Ministry of Interior to urgently and accurately investigate the details of the Mahza incident and submit a report with the results,” the Iranian government said on Twitter.

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AI calls for an independent investigation

For its part, Amnesty International (AI) has called for a criminal investigation into the young woman’s suspicious death in police custody.

In addition, the human rights group has called laws making the veil mandatory “abusive, degrading and discriminatory”.

Police explanations did not convince many Iranians who expressed their outrage on social networks.

“Mahza Amini’s arrest for guidance (in dress) followed by his heart attack and coma is enough to make generations of youth hate religion,” Mohammad Ali Abdahi, a reformist cleric who served as vice president of the Supreme Court, said on Twitter. country between 2001 and 2004.

The ultra-conservative Raisi’s government has increased pressure in recent months for women to conform to strict rules on dress and behavior.

As a result, the dreaded vans of the so-called moral police are seen more than ever in places north of Tehran, such as Tajrish Square, filled with women arrested for not wearing the veil properly.

The veil has been compulsory since the 1979 revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who declared women “naked” without it.

Other versions

Witnesses said Mahsa Amini was attacked while inside a police van while in custody in Tehran on Tuesday.

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Police denied the allegation, saying Amini had “sudden heart problems”.

Amini’s family say she is a healthy young woman and has no medical conditions that could explain the sudden heart problem.

Her death comes amid growing reports of repressive measures against women, including barring those who do not adhere to Islamic dress codes from entering government offices and banks.

On social media, many Iranians, including some government supporters, expressed outrage at the presence of morality police guidance patrols enforcing the dress code, which they called “killer patrols” with the hashtag.

Videos of officers stopping women, dragging them to the ground and forcibly taking them away have surfaced on social media.

Many Iranians directly blame Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for these cases.

Also, many people took to the streets and took off their headscarves to protest against the police.

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