An Iranian teenager who fell into a coma after being allegedly attacked by the country’s morality police for not wearing a hijab, a type of headscarf, has died, according to Iranian state media.
“Unfortunately, the brain damage caused the victim to spend some time in a coma and she died a few minutes ago,” said the IRNA statement.
Earlier this week, Armita was declared “brain dead”, despite the efforts of the medical team to save her.
Armita Geravand, 16, was hospitalized with head injuries after an alleged attack at a metro station in Tehran earlier this month, according to activists.
The case came just weeks after Iran passed legislation that imposes much harsher penalties on women who violate the country’s already strict hijab rules.
In early October, the Norway-based Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, which focuses on Kurdish rights, said Geravand was “assaulted” by the morality police and fell into a coma.
Another opposition network, IranWire, reported that she was hospitalized with “head trauma”.
Awyer Shekhi, an employee at Hengaw, previously highlighted CNN that female morality police officers approached Geravand near Shohada metro station and asked her to adjust her hijab.
“This request resulted in an altercation with the morality police, who physically assaulted Geravand. She was pushed, leading to her collapse,” Shekhi said.
A CNN was unable to independently verify information published by Hengaw and Iranwire, organizations that in the past have extensively covered Iranian protests.
Iranian authorities denied the allegations, claiming that Geravand was hospitalized due to an injury caused by low blood pressure.
The young woman’s friends and family repeated this information in interviews with state media, although it is unclear whether they were coerced into doing so.
UN officials and human rights groups have previously accused Iranian authorities of pressuring the families of dead protesters to make statements supporting the government’s narrative.
Iran’s Parliament approved in September the so-called “hijab law” on the wearing of clothing, which, if violated, can lead to up to 10 years in prison, following the first anniversary of the mass protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini.
Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, died in September last year after being detained by the regime’s morality police, allegedly for failing to respect the country’s conservative dress code.
Source: CNN Brasil
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