Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian student, fell into a coma last week after being detained by the morality police for allegedly breaking hijab rules. Amini’s case has drawn international attention to the treatment of women in Iran, where strict Islamic laws mandate that women must wear a headscarf in public.
Amini was reportedly taken into custody after she was seen walking in a park without her headscarf. She was held for several hours before being released, at which point she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Her family has said that she has been in a coma ever since.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with many users calling for an end to the compulsory hijab law. Amnesty International has also condemned the law, saying that it “violates the human rights of women and girls.” It is unclear if or when Amini will recover from her coma, but her case has brought renewed attention to the plight of women in Iran.
Mahsa Amini and her family are from Iran’s Kurdistan region and were visiting relatives in the capital, Tehran. The patrol of morality police stopped them and demanded that the women in the family adhere to the dress code. When they refused, the officers took them into custody. The incident highlights the restrictions that women face in Iran, particularly in regards to their dress. Although the law requires women to wear the headscarf, there is growing dissatisfaction with the enforced Dress Code among Iranian women, who feel it is a form of oppression.
In recent years, there have been several protests against the Dress Code, but these have been met with crackdowns by the authorities. The detention of Mahsa Amini and her family is a reminder of the risks faced by those who challenge the status quo in Iran.
In Iran, many citizens are forced to undergo “re-education” in order to conform to the government’s ideology. One young woman, whose name has not been reported, was taken to a re-education facility after her brother attempted to intervene on her behalf. According to IranWire, Kiarash said his sister was never the same after her experience in the facility. She was always tired and listless, and he eventually found out that she had been drugged in order to keep her complacent. Kiarash said he never saw his sister awake again, and she died shortly after being released from the facility. The young woman’s death highlights the brutal reality of re-education in Iran and the lengths the government will go to suppress dissent.
Amini’s family have questioned the version of events given by police, saying she was a normal, healthy 22-year-old with no heart conditions. The family maintains that Amini was in good health and had no history of heart problems. Police have said that they are investigating the death and are looking into all possible causes, but they have not ruled out the possibility that it was a natural death. The family is demanding answers and has called for an independent autopsy to be conducted. Until more information is known, the family is understandably grief-stricken and searching for answers.
The incident has sparked public outrage, and the family is calling for a full and impartial investigation into what happened. This tragic case highlights the need for better police training and accountability, to ensure that such an incident never happens again.