In Iran, Mahsa Amini dies after being arrested by morality police

In Iran, Mahsa Amini dies after being arrested by morality police
An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a shuttered Bank Sepah branch in downtown Tehran on July 20, 2021. - Iran a day earlier announced strict curbs in the capital Tehran and a nearby province to stem the spread of Covid-19, as daily infections drew close to an all-time high.  (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)
ATTA KENARE / AFP An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a shuttered Bank Sepah branch in downtown Tehran on July 20, 2021. – Iran a day earlier announced strict curbs in the capital Tehran and a nearby province to stem the spread of Covid-19, as daily infections drew close to an all-time high. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

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

INTERNATIONAL – Stopped because its sail was badly dressed. Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma after being arrested in Tehran by the vice police, died this Friday, September 16, state television and his 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 rules for women, including the obligation to cover the hair. According to Tehran police, Mahsa Amini and other arrested women received ” instructions “ on the rules of dress.

In a statement, the Tehran police speak of a ” sudden heart problem » which led to death. Mahsa Amini “suddenly fainted while she was with other people in a meeting room”. She also asserts “that there had been no physical contact” between the police officers and the young woman.

A “murder” according to activists

State television broadcast for its part extracts from a video showing a room, visibly at the police station, where you can see many women. One of them, introduced as Mahsa Amini, gets up to chat with a “instructor” about her attire, then she collapses. In another excerpt, the emergency service transports the woman’s body to an ambulance. The family confirmed to the media the arrival of the young woman at the hospital.

The explanation given by the Tehran police on the causes of the death of the young woman does not at all convince the associations which judge this death ” suspicious “. ” Allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, must be criminally investigated”reacted Amnesty International. “The so-called motor police in Tehran arbitrarily arrested her three days before her death under the country’s abusive, discriminatory and degrading headscarf laws. All responsible agents and officials must answer for their actions”added the organization.

Iranian lawyer Saïd Dehghan called the young woman’s death on Twitter a “murder”, claiming that she had received a blow to the head which caused a fracture of the skull. The director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, based in New York, Hadi Ghaemi, described the death as a “tragedy that could have been avoided”. “ The government in Iran 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 in charge of the investigation

Before the announcement of the death, the Iranian presidency had indicated in a press release that President Ebrahim Raisi had instructed the Minister of the Interior to investigate this affair. The country’s judicial authority had also announced via its news agency Mizan Online the formation of a special group to open an investigation.

The incident comes as controversy swells over the conduct of the morality police who patrol the streets to verify the application of the headscarf law and other Islamic rules in public places.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the law requires that all women, regardless of their nationality or religious beliefs, wear a veil that covers the head and neck while concealing the hair. However, over the past two decades, more and more women in Tehran and other major cities are letting strands of hair, or even more, protrude from their veils.

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