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Monday, November 27, 2023

Iranian Teenage Girl Attacked by Morality Police Dies, Reigniting Protests

Iran's mandatory hijab law has faced continued international criticism, with many women in Tehran openly defying it.

Armita Geravand, a 16-year-old Iranian girl, has passed away following an alleged assault by Iranian morality police for not wearing a headscarf. The incident occurred on October 1st at Shohada station in Tehran, leading to severe injuries that ultimately claimed her life. The dramatic event, captured on CCTV, has reignited anger and nationwide protests reminiscent of the case of Mahsa Amini, whose death in the custody of morality police sparked a wave of demonstrations the previous year.

The circumstances leading to Armita Geravand’s injuries remain unclear. While a friend stated that she hit her head on the station platform, the silent footage broadcasted by Iranian state television did not provide a conclusive explanation.

The girl’s lifeless body was carried off the train, raising concerns and suspicions that she may have been pushed or attacked for not adhering to the mandatory hijab law. Activists both in Iran and abroad have demanded an independent investigation by the United Nations to uncover the truth, citing the pressure on victims’ families and the history of coerced confessions by state TV.

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This incident occurs against the backdrop of a renewed crackdown by Iranian morality police and efforts by lawmakers to impose stricter penalties for those not complying with the required head covering. Iran’s mandatory hijab law has faced continued international criticism, with many women in Tehran openly defying it.

The death of Armita Geravand highlights the ongoing struggle for women’s rights and freedom of expression in Iran, with human rights organizations and activists calling for justice and an end to the draconian enforcement of the hijab law.

As the nation mourns the tragic loss of Armita Geravand, the world watches closely to see how her death may impact the ongoing debate over mandatory hijab and the broader fight for women’s rights in Iran.