Women leading protests against hijab in Iran

Women are leading the protests in Iran following the death of a woman detained for breaking the hijab law. According to media reports, all the women lit their hijab by lighting a bonfire and expressed their happiness. The protesters said the woman was among the three protesters killed by security forces in Urmia, Piranshahr and Kermanshah.

The report said authorities accused the protesters of killing two civilians in Kermanshah and a police assistant in Shiraz.

At least seven people are reported to have been killed since protests against hijab laws and ethics police following Mahsa Amini’s death. The 22-year-old Kurdish woman from Sakej died in hospital on Friday after three days in a coma.

She was with her brother in Tehran when she was arrested by the police. Police accused him of breaking the law, which required women to cover their hair with a hijab or headscarf and their arms and legs with loose clothing.

It is being told that the police hit Amini on the head with batons and slammed her head on the vehicle, due to which Amini went into a coma. Police have denied that she was abused. However, her family has said that she was absolutely fit and healthy.

An immediate, impartial and effective investigation into the tragic death of Mahsa Amini and the allegations of torture and abuse must be carried out by an independent competent authority. PLC/GT


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