September 25, 2022

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Iranian woman dies after being violently arrested by vice squad for wearing incorrect headscarf

Iranian woman dies after being violently arrested by vice squad for wearing incorrect headscarf

A young Iranian woman has died after being violently arrested and beaten by Iran’s notorious vice police for not wearing a hijab.

According to Mail Online, Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma after being arrested in Tehran and died while in police custody at Kasra Hospital in the capital.

Islamic Republic officials told local media that Amini suffered a heart attack while in the custody of vice police, denying reports that she was beaten.

“They killed my angel,” her mother told the BBC’s Persian Service. She said her daughter was healthy and without any problems.

She was visiting the Iranian capital with her family when she was detained by the special police unit which enforces strict dress rules for women, including the compulsory headscarf.

“She came here, they took her and that’s what they did to her,” her mother said.

The interior ministry and Tehran prosecutor launched investigations into Mahsa Amini’s case after a call from President Ebrahim Raisi, state media reported, but her uncle was quoted by the Emtedad news site as saying that the 22-year-old died after being taken to a hospital following her detention at a vice police station.

State television confirmed his death in a continuous news text without giving details.

Police say Amini suffered a heart attack after being taken to the station to be “convinced and educated”, state television said, denying allegations that she was beaten.

Her brother Kiaresh told Iranwire that he was told she had a heart attack and a brain attack and is now in a coma.

“There were only two hours between his arrest and his transport to the hospital,” he said.

Vowing to file a criminal complaint, he added: ‘I have nothing to lose. I won’t let this end quietly.

The incident was condemned by famous Iranian director Asghar Farhady: “You sleep on your bed in the hospital, but you are more awake than any of us.

‘We are in a coma. We pretend to sleep and not see this incessant cruelty. We all have a part in this crime,’ the Oscar-winning director posted on Instagram.

“Their children are leaving and our children are dying,” said Ali Karimi, a former Bayern Munich striker and one of Iran’s most famous footballers.

A Tehran police statement confirmed that she had been detained for “explanations and instructions” on dress rules, along with other women.

“She suddenly suffered from a heart problem while she was in the company of other guided people. [and]…was immediately taken to hospital with the cooperation of the police and emergency services.

It is not yet known what happened between his arrival at the police station and his departure for the hospital.

Social media channel 1500tasvir, which chronicles human rights abuses by Iranian police, posted a picture of her in hospital with a tube in her mouth and said she was in a coma.

Police say Amini suffered a heart attack after being taken to the station to be “convinced and educated”, state television said, denying allegations that she was beaten.

“Sickening,” Iranian-British actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi wrote on Twitter. “How many innocent young lives must be brutally stolen before we all rise up?”

“Mahsa Amini’s situation is an example of an intentional crime,” Iranian free speech activist Hossein Ronaghi wrote on social media.

“The systematic repression of Iranian women under the pretext of imposing the hijab by the orientation patrol and the police is a crime.”

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