The young woman who was allegedly attacked in the Tehran subway for not wearing a veil dies | International
The young Armita Geravand died this Saturday after having spent 28 days in a coma after allegedly suffering an attack at the hands of the Iranian morality police in the Tehran subway for not wearing the Islamic veil, according to the state agency IRNA. . The Iranian authorities have argued that the 16-year-old girl hit her head after experiencing a power drop in the capital's subway, but human rights groups have reported that she was attacked for not covering herself with the mandatory hijab.
“Unfortunately, the brain damage caused him to go into a coma and he died a few minutes ago,” IRNA said. Last Sunday, Iranian media reported that the young woman had been declared brain dead. The state agency has stated that Geravand received “extensive medical treatment during her 28 days of hospitalization in a special care unit.” Once again, he repeated the official version that on October 1 he suffered a drop in blood pressure when he was entering a subway car, fell to the ground and hit his head, which caused cardiac arrest and decreased cerebral oxygenation. and edema in the brain.
Security images released by IRNA show how Geravand and two friends enter one of the capital's metro cars and then two of them leave carrying the third. None of them had their hair covered. The Iranian authorities have used this video to demonstrate that no aggression occurred. Amnesty International, however, claims that the video has been manipulated with the acceleration of frames in four sections and there are gaps of more than three minutes in the recording that has been released. The Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw, based in Oslo, has reported that the young woman was attacked for not wearing the Islamic veil, mandatory in the country since 1983.
The case is similar to that of the young Mahsa Amini, who died a little over a year ago after being detained by the so-called morality police for not wearing the Islamic veil properly, a death that the authorities attributed to natural causes. Her death sparked strong protests that for months called for the end of the Islamic Republic and only disappeared after a repression that left 500 dead, the arrest of at least 22,000 people and the execution of seven protesters, one of them in public.
The first anniversary of Amini's death was commemorated on September 16 amid strong repression and a huge deployment of security forces, and only timid protests took place. In recent months, the Iranian government has been trying to reimpose the use of the veil, with the presence of patrols in the streets, the denial of services and the approval of a law that toughens punishments for not covering one's hair.
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