On Monday, Iranians protested in the capital’s streets over the murder of a young Iranian woman who was arrested for wearing inappropriate clothing.
Mahsa Amini was held by Iran’s Morality Police for allegedly breaking the country’s stringent dress regulations for women. She was reportedly assaulted in the police car, went into a coma, and died on the following day at the hospital. This incident sparked significant protests, especially among women upset about the strict dress codes.
According to their interpretation of the sharia, the Islamic religious police, or morality police known in Iran, are authorized Islamic vice squad police organizations that defend public morals and religious observance on behalf of national or regional authorities.
According to a New York Times story, the police gave no justification for why Amini was held other than the hijab ban. Her mother told news organizations in Iran that her daughter was dressing appropriately and was donning a long, loose robe. Despite her brother’s protests that they were city visitors, she claimed Amini was held as they got out of the metro. However, the killing sparked outrage throughout the nation. On Monday, there were protests in Tehran, including at several institutions, and in Mashhad, the second-largest city in the country. According to the ISNA news agency, protesters marched down Hijab Street, also known as “headscarf street,” in central Tehran, protesting the morality police.
Protesters demand a probe into Mahsa Amini’s killing
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old lady, was detained by Iranian morality police on September 13, 2022, as she traveled to Tehran, the nation’s capital city. She immediately disregarded the nation’s stringent religious dress rule as soon as she and her family arrived at the Haqqani Metro stop.
According to the authorities, she was wearing an “improper hijab,” meaning it did not completely cover her hair.
According to the police, she “suddenly experienced a heart condition” while receiving instruction about the “justification and education” of the hijab.
When she arrived at the hospital at midnight, her condition was horrible; the physicians estimated her level of consciousness to be 3.
Mahsa was declared to be deceased in the hospital on September 16
On Saturday morning, local news organizations announced on September 17 that her bones had been interred in her hamlet of Saghez, which is situated 460 kilometers northwest of Tehran in the Kurdistan Province. Following the funeral service, some people left the location, but others remained and chanted slogans demanding thorough investigations into the case’s specifics, according to the news agency. As the protesters gathered in front of the governor’s office, their chants intensified, but tear gas eventually dispersed them.
On September 18, Sunday, videos that went viral online but were unconfirmed showed hundreds of demonstrators assembled at the University of Tehran chanting anti-regime slogans.
Other authenticated footage showed various protests and sloganeering occurring across the nation. Iranian ladies remove their hijabs and chop off their hair, the Islamic head covering, hijab, that many women view as the most important representation of their sex-based oppression, to express their outrage and protest over Mahsa’s death, which the protestors refer to as “killing.” Numerous women and men were seen carrying placards and posters as they marched through the streets of Tehran and universities to express their outrage over Mahsa’s death and for their rights.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian campaigner for women’s rights, compared the hijab to Iran’s equivalent of the Berlin Wall, saying that as long as it is in place, there will be no freedom in the nation.
In a phone chat with Amini’s family, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi committed to investigating the case and commissioned an investigation. A legislative committee and the judiciary are both conducting investigations into the incident.
After an Iranian woman was arrested wearing a headscarf, the US demanded responsibility
According to a representative for the White House National Security Council on Monday, the United States wants those responsible for the murder of an Iranian lady held accountable after she was detained in Tehran last week for donning an “improper” hijab.
“Mahsa Amini’s death from wounds she received while in police custody for donning an improper headscarf,” the official claimed, “was an atrocious and severe violation of her human rights. We are thinking of Mahsa’s family and friends.”
“Women in Iran ought to be allowed to dress however they like without fear of abuse or harassment.” The official stated that Iran must stop using violence against women who exercise their fundamental rights. “Mahsa’s death requires accountability.”