The death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested on charges that she did not respect the dress code, sparked massive protests in Iran, but also in several cities in Europe. The 22-year-old fell into a coma last week after being arrested by the morality police for allegedly not wearing the hijab properly.
After the young woman’s death, violent protests broke out in Tehran and at least six people were killed. Iranians are calling for the abolition of the morality police, known for their brutal treatment of women who do not respect the dress code, and for a change in the law.
Several women burned their veils in the street as a sign of stupidity and shouted “death to the dictator”, and a movement was born on the Internet in which people make Mahsa’s story known with the help of the hashtag mahsaamini .
Who was Mahsa Amini. The young woman’s family says that the girl was beaten by the police
Mahsa Amini, of Kurdish ethnicity, was originally from the city of Saqez, in western Kurdistan Province. The girl died on Friday, September 16, in a hospital bed after being in a coma for three days. She fell into a coma shortly after being arrested by the morality police for allegedly not wearing the hijab properly.
She was detained outside a metro station in Tehran on Tuesday. Police accused her of breaking the law that requires women to cover their hair with a hijab and their arms and legs with loose clothing.
According to witnesses, she was beaten while she was in a police van that took her to a detention center, the BBC writes.
What the police say about the cause of Mahsa Amini’s death
Police rejected the allegation and said she suffered a “sudden cardiac arrest” while waiting with other women in the detention center to be “educated”.
They released surveillance footage showing a woman they identified as Mahsa Amini talking to a clerk, who grabbed her clothes. The woman is then seen holding her head in her hands and collapsing to the ground.
Tehran’s police chief said the woman’s death was an “unfortunate” incident, and the interior minister said the girl may have had health problems.
The family contradicts the authorities and accuses them of the girl’s death
The young woman’s father says that Mahsa Amini had no health problems. He also said his daughter had bruises on her legs and that surveillance footage showed an “edited version” of events.
Moreover, the girl’s CT scan shows that she suffered a skull fracture, internal bleeding and cerebral edema, writes IranIntl.
Several celebrities reacted on the Internet in the case of Mahsa Amini
The images circulating on the Internet of Mahsa Amini in a coma on a hospital bed did not leave even the stars indifferent.
Bella Hadid posted a collage with the young woman and a painful message: “Simply speechless. Rest in peace. You didn’t deserve this. Sending blessings to her family and loved ones. This is a devastating and shocking story of a woman who allegedly wears the “wrong” hijab. Mahsa Amini was taken by the morality police to be “educated” and never came back alive.”
Bella Hadid was joined by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who used her public platforms to educate her followers on why it’s important for everyone to take a stand and speak out before another crime is committed. “The biggest resistance struggle for equal rights between men and women is happening right now in Iran. Women in Iran are simply dying because their hair is falling out. Join us. You support. Share. mahsaamini died 5 days ago due to her hair not being properly covered.” wrote the star.
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