Woman in Coma in Custody by Hejab Enforcement Causes Uproar in Iran

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was visiting Tehran from the Kurdistan region was hospitalized due to brain and heart stroke when she was in the custody of Tehran’s Morality Police. The police took her into custody for what they deemed improper hejab. In response to the widespread public reaction on social media, the Greater Tehran police chief claimed that Amini was taken to a police station where during an educational class, she suddenly had a heart attack.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists,  Amini was hospitalized after being assaulted and apprehended by Tehran’s Morality Police.

An informed source told HRANA that Amini is  22 years old and a resident of Saqqez. She had travelled to Tehran with her family to visit a relative. A few days ago, while she and her brother were passing through a street, she was stopped by the Morality Police. They beat her and took her to Vozara Police Station. They told her brother that she would be released after one hour. The police, however, beat her again in the police station and after a few hours, transferred her from the police station to a hospital.

Kurdpa has reported that Amini has undergone a grade 3 concussion and is in a coma. 

In recent months, Tehran’s Morality Police has increased their activities in the streets.