On September 16, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-woman who was hospitalized following being arrested by the police for her improper hejab, died at a hospital. Her death sparked widespread condemnation on social media and the reactions of numerous public figures, athletes and artists.
Amini was visiting Tehran from the Kurdistan region with her family. She was stopped by the Morality Police in Tehran and taken to the Vozara Station, where she underwent a stroke for unknown reasons.
An informed source told HRANA that during the arrest, the police told Amini’s brother that she would be released in an hour. However, she was taken to Kasra Hospital after a few hours. Some eyewitnesses leaving the detention facility stated that the detained women’s families who were present at the place and witnessing Amini’s condition began to protest. The police used violence and pepper spray to silence them.”
The Morality Police has a history of mistreating the individuals it collects from the streets. Therefore, people speculate that Amini is a victim of police brutality. Amnesty International has also called Amini’s death suspicious.
Earlier, the Greater Tehran police chief had claimed that Amini was taken to a police station where during an educational class, she suddenly had a heart attack, which her family denied.