Controversy erupted on social media after 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini fell into a coma after being detained by Iran’s ethics police, a dedicated unit that enforces strict dress codes for women, such as wearing mandatory headscarves, media stated in the reports.
According to Al Jazeera, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was on a trip to Tehran with her family when she was detained by a specialist police unit. After a while, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to the hospital with the help of emergency services.
“Unfortunately, he died and his body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office,” Al Jazeera said on Friday. The announcement came a day after Tehran police confirmed that Amini had been detained along with other women for “giving instructions” about the rules.
Human rights activists who spoke to the family said police caught Amini and forced her to take her inside a police vehicle, CNN quoted IranWire as saying. Her brother, Kiarash, intervenes, but the police tell her that they are taking her sister to the police station for an hour to “re-educate”.
Her brother was waiting for her release outside the police station, but an ambulance pulled over and took her sister to the hospital. “The woman was sent to the Greater Tehran Police Complex for guidance and education when suddenly, in the presence of others, she suffered a heart attack,” police said, CNN quoted state media as saying.
Questioning about the incidents reported by the police, Mahsa’s family said that she was normal with pre-existing heart conditions.
Human rights organization Amnesty International said: “The circumstances involving the allegations of custodial torture and other misconduct should be investigated in the circumstances leading to the suspicious death in custody of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini.”
It said, “The so-called ‘moral police’ in Tehran arbitrarily arrested him three days before his death while enforcing the country’s abusive, degrading and discriminatory coercive cover-up laws. Justice to all agents and responsible officials.” must face.”
The incident sparked an uproar on social media, with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi ordering the interior minister to launch an investigation into the matter. Several lawmakers said they would raise the matter in parliament, while the judiciary said it would set up a special task force to investigate, Al Jazeera reported.
Amini’s death comes amid growing controversy inside and outside Iran over the conduct of the ethics police, formally known as the Patroll-e Ershad (Guidance Patrol). As Al Jazeera reports, the mandatory dress code, which applies to all nationalities and religions, not just Iranian Muslims, requires women to cover their hair and neck with a scarf.
For decades, women have increasingly pushed back, especially in large cities, by wearing scarves over their heads to reveal their hair.