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Iranian Woman Dies After Being Detained by Vice Police: Reports

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DUBAI – A young Iranian woman has died after falling into a coma following her detention by morality police enforcing Iran’s strict hijab rules, her uncle said on Friday, in a case that sparked protests from Iranians on social media. social.

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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.

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

In recent months Iranian human rights activists have urged women to publicly remove their veils, risking arrest for defying the Islamic dress code as the country’s hardline rulers crack down harder on “immoral behavior”.

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.

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Following calls to demonstrate against the hijab, videos posted on social media showed instances of what appeared to be brutal action by vice squads against women who had removed their hijab.

On Friday, outspoken reformist politician Mahmoud Sadeghi, a former lawmaker, called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to speak out on Amini’s case.

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“What does the Supreme Leader, who legitimately denounced US police over the death of George Floyd, say about the Iranian police’s treatment of Mahsa Amini?” Sadeghi said on Twitter.

In 2020, Khamenei said the killing of George Floyd in police custody revealed the “true nature” of American leaders.

Under Iran’s (Islamic) Sharing Law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are forced to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing to conceal their figure. Violators face public reprimands, fines or arrest.

Decades after the revolution, clerical leaders are still struggling to uphold the law, with many women of all ages and walks of life wearing thigh-length tight coats and brightly colored scarves pushed back to expose lots of hair.