Iranian women cut their hair and burn their hijabs in a symbolic act of opposition to the strict Iranian rule requiring women over seven to wear clothing that covers their hair and body. A 22-year-old woman died in Iran last Friday after she was arrested by the morality police for “inadequate dress”. “We are fed up with sexual apartheid,” Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad wrote on Twitter.
- On September 13, Mahsa Amini was arrested in Tehran for allegedly violating dress code
- The woman died on September 16 after falling into a coma. According to her family and eyewitnesses, she had previously been beaten up in a police car
- The tragic incident sparked a wave of protests in which five people were killed
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The death of a 22-year-old woman caused a wave of indignation. Since Friday, Iranians and Iranians have taken to the streets to protest against restrictive laws that require women over the age of 7 to wear loose clothing and cover their hair. The protesting mob chanted “death to the dictator” and “death of Khamenei” blaming Iran’s highest spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who defended the role of religious police in Iranian society. According to local human rights organizations on Monday two people were killedwhen security forces opened fire on protesters in the Kurdish city of Sakezthe hometown of Amini. Two more people were killed in the city of Divandarreh, a one was lost in Dehgolan, also in the Kurdish region.
Many people, not only ordinary Iranians as well as some officials, high-ranking clergymen, celebrities and athletes, have condemned the outright violence, but have also called for an end to harassment and detention of women for not following a strict dress code. There are videos on social media showing how the police brutally dealt with women who do not comply with the warrant.
Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad posted on Twitter a post in which she reported that the Iranian Security Forces opened fire on peaceful protesters. Several of them were injured. “First the police killed a 22-year-old girl, and now they use guns and tear gas against bereaved people.”
In a symbolic act of opposition to Iran’s strict rule of women wearing headscarves, some protesters cut their hair and burned their hijabs.
Social media users shared videos showing that women who took off their hijabs were severely punished by morality police units.
Death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman. “Mishap”
Mahsa Amina was visiting her family in Tehran last Tuesday. The woman was about to be detained by the morality police as she and her brother left the subway station. She and the other women were taken to the nearest police station, where she was to wait for “educational training” on how to properly wear the hijab. Security services reported that the woman fell and passed out, and was then transported to hospital.
The woman fell into a coma and died three days later. The police deny that the cause of the 22-year-old’s death was a battery, which, according to eyewitnesses, was supposed to take place in a police car. The official cause of death was a heart attack, and the woman’s death was labeled an “mishap”. Mahsa’s photo was posted on social media. Several Iranian doctors suggested on Twitter that while they did not have access to her medical records, the woman suffered a concussion following a head injury. The bleeding from the ear was supposed to prove it.
“This incident was unfortunate for us and we do not want to witness such situations anymore,” Iranian police chief Hossein Rahimi said on Monday.
In an interview with an Iranian television station, Mahsa’s mother, 22, said her daughter was not suffering from any disease and that she wore a long, loose robe on the day of her arrest. The woman added that the security services had forbidden the family to speak in the media. On the orders of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the authorities launched an investigation into the death of Mahsa Amini.
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