A young Iranian woman has died after falling into a coma after being detained by ethics police enforcing Iran’s strict hijab rules, her uncle on Friday in a case that sparked protests by Iranians on social media. was cited in.
State media reported that the Interior Ministry and Tehran’s prosecutor launched an investigation into Mahsa Amini’s case after a call from President Ibrahim Raisi, but his uncle quoted the Amtedad news website as saying the 22-year-old had died. A hospital after his detention at a morality police station.
State TV confirmed his death in a rolling news text without providing details.
Over the past few months, Iranian rights activists have urged women to publicly remove their veils, risking arrest for defying the Islamic dress code as the country’s hardline rulers crack down on “immoral behavior” .
Police said Amini had suffered a heart attack after being taken to the police station to be “reassured and educated”, state television said, denying allegations that she was beaten up.
Following the call for anti-hijab protests, videos posted on social media showed cases of heavy crackdown by ethics police units against women who removed their hijab.
On Friday, outspoken reformist politician Mahmoud Sadeghi, a former MP, met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to speak on Amini’s case.
Sadeghi said on Twitter, “What does the Supreme Leader, who has rightly condemned US police over the death of George Floyd, say about Iranian police’s treatment of Mahsa Amini?”
In 2020, Khamenei said the custodial killing of George Floyd had exposed the “true nature” of US rulers.
Under Iran’s Sharingan (Islamic) law imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are forced to wear long, loose-fitting clothing to cover their hair and hide their figures. Violators face public reprimands, fines or arrests.
Decades after the revolution, clerical rulers still struggle to enforce the law, with many women of all ages and backgrounds wearing tight-fitting, thigh-length coats and brightly colored scarves to highlight the hair behind pushed.