A 22-year-old woman died Friday after falling into a coma. Police arrested her a few days ago in Tehran. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian women have been required to wear the hijab, and the morality police are implementing this obligation.
Information appeared on social networks that Aminova had been beaten. Iranian police denied this, saying that the girl fell ill while she was waiting with the other detainees.
Hundreds of protesters in particular gathered around the university building in Tehran on Sunday, chanting slogans such as “Woman, life, freedom,” according to videos posted online. As noted by Reuters, the footage could not be independently verified.
There was also a wave of resentment on social media. #MahsaAmini has become one of the most used hashtags on Twitter in Farsi.
Iran’s morality police have recently been criticized for being too strict controls and penalties, especially against young women. Videos showing police forcibly pushing women into police cars are circulating.
Conservative clergy support severe punishments, including flogging. According to Iranian clergy, if women were dried with their hair exposed, it would lead to moral decay and the disintegration of families.
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