Iranian human rights activist, Masih Alinejad, revealed on Friday that a girl fell into a coma because she was severely beaten after she was arrested by the “morality” police.
Ahmadinejad said in a tweet to her, which included a photo of the girl before her arrest: “This photo was taken an hour before she was beaten and arrested by the morality police in Iran on charges of “poorly wearing the hijab” and she is now in a coma.
Then I asked, “Why is this tragedy not on the front pages of the international media?”
A 22-year-old Iranian woman is in a hospital after falling into a coma after she was arrested by the “morality” police in Tehran, human rights activists announced Thursday.
The Iranian Mahsa Amini, was visiting Tehran with her family when she was stopped by a unit of the “morality” police in charge of enforcing the obligation of Iranian women to wear the hijab.
Her brother told IranWire that he was waiting for her in front of the police station when he saw an ambulance leaving the headquarters and taking his sister to the hospital.
He said he learned that she had suffered a heart attack and a stroke, and that she had fallen into a coma.
“It was only two hours between her arrest and her transfer to the hospital,” he said, stressing that he intends to file a complaint.
“I have nothing to lose. I will not let things pass without protest,” he added.
In a statement, the Tehran police confirmed that Amini was arrested with others for giving them “explanations and directions” about what to wear.
The statement confirmed that Amini “had a heart attack (…) and was immediately transferred to the hospital in cooperation with the police and emergency services.”
On Twitter, the “Photograph 1500” account, which is concerned with monitoring human rights violations committed by the Iranian police, published a picture showing, according to its activists, Amini lying on a hospital bed and breathing with the help of tubes.
On social networks, Hossein Ronaghi, an activist in the defense of freedom of expression in Iran, pointed out that “Amini’s situation is an example of a premeditated crime. The systematic suppression of Iranian women under the pretext that the morality police enforce the law on wearing the headscarf constitutes a crime.”
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the laws in force in Iran require women, whether Iranian or foreign and regardless of their religion, to cover their head and wear long, loose-fitting clothes in public.
However, the authorities’ strictness in this regard declined during the reign of moderate former President Hassan Rouhani, and the number of women who do not cover their heads has increased in the streets of Tehran and other major cities.
But in recent months, after hardline conservative Ibrahim Raisi took office, police interventions to enforce the law have increased.
Thursday’s incident comes weeks after the “morals” police were criticized in Iran and abroad over a widely circulated video recording showing a woman calling for her daughter’s release.