Iranian woman dies after being detained by ‘ethics police’

An Iranian woman who went into a coma earlier this week after being detained by the so-called “ethical police” died on Friday, state media reported, in a case that stipulated the use of ultra-Orthodox dress codes for women. expressed displeasure at the increasingly strict enforcement of the government.

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, was detained on Tuesday in the capital Tehran by members of the Guidance Patrol, a special unit that enforces Iran’s mandatory Islamic dress code, Amini’s mother, Mozhgan Amini, said in a conversation with Radio Farda. Said in the interview. Thursday. Within hours of his arrest, “we heard he was in a coma,” his mother said.

“They killed my angel,” she said in an interview With BBC Persian on Friday.

Police said Amini suffered a heart attack after being taken to a police “education and counseling” centre, state media said. Her family insisted she had no prior health problems, and activists insisted she must have been beaten up by police. On Friday, as scattered protests over the death erupted in Tehran, the Interior Ministry ordered an investigation, which it said was ordered by Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.

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Headscarfs and other conservative attire known as the hijab have been mandatory for women since Iran’s 1979 revolution. Hardline cleric Raisi, who took office last year, has called for strict enforcement of the dress code. Guidance patrols have been outspoken of late, with their distinctive green-striped vans shown in a series of videos that have gone viral online and sparked anger – including one showing a woman detained since last month . being thrown by speeding van

another Recently shown video A mother was stepping in front of the van while her daughter was inside, putting her hand on the hood and trying to stop it from moving.

The government’s action sparked a protest movement over the summer by Iranian women, who took pictures of themselves without headscarves and posted photos on social media.

Her mother said Amini, a Kurdish woman from western Iran, was on her way to Tehran with her brother when she was arrested. It was not clear what police investigations were about her dress, but she was taken into custody as soon as she left the Tehran metro station.

“My son didn’t ask him,” said the mother. “He says, ‘We’re strangers in Tehran, we don’t know anyone, don’t take him,'” the mother said. “But they beat my son and took my daughter away.”

made a video by Iranian media outlets There is an allegation of showing Amini in the police station on Friday. In the video, which was edited out, she can be seen in a large hall full of women, who is seated for a moment, then walks over to another woman, who appears to be an authority figure and Points to Amini’s clothes, touches her scarf before walking away. Amini can be seen keeping her hand on her face shortly before falling on the chair.

Photos of Amini in the hospital, intubated, circulated widely on social media, provoked painful reactions from activists, celebrities and reformist political figures. In a post, Asghar Farhadi, a prominent Iranian filmmaker, wrote: “We are pretending to be asleep in the face of this never-ending harassment. We are all partners in this crime.”

Following his death, security forces clashed with people in front of Tehran’s Kasra Hospital, north of the capital, where Amini was treated, according to videos posted on social media. Some videos also showed protesters on Argentine Square raising slogans against Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Khmenei is a murderer; His government is invalid,” he said.

Babak Dehghanpisheh in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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