Tehran’s police chief said the 22-year-old’s death after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate” headscarf.
Greater Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi denied what he called “Cowardly Accusations” that a young woman who died in custody last week was beaten or tortured by officers. The death of the Iranian Kurdish woman is a “Unfortunate incidents” the sheriff insisted on Monday.
Mahsa Amini was held captive by the so-called “Moral Police” Last Tuesday after walking in a park in Tehran with a headscarf supposedly “inappropriate.” The hijab has been compulsory for women in this country since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Amini, who arrived in the capital from the western Iranian province of Kurdistan, was taken to the police station, where she fell ill. The 22-year-old quickly fell into a coma and was pronounced dead on Friday.
A heart attack was mentioned by police as a reason for Amini’s death, while local media reported that she had suffered various health complications prior to her detention. But the woman’s family has denied these claims, insisting that she is perfectly healthy.
Reports of the incident led to accusations on social media that police mistreated Amini and were responsible for her death. The anger is also rampant offline, with protests being held in Tehran and Kurdistan province in recent days.
On Sunday, about 500 people took to the streets in Kurdistan’s main city, Sanandaj. The protesters, both male and female, asserted that the explanations given by the police were, as it was said, “inconsequential.”
Tensions were high, with several arrests being made, according to the Fars News Agency, and videos, believed to be from the scene, showed officers using tear gas.