UN Calls for Probe Into Death of Iranian Woman Arrested by ‘Morality Police’

Voice of America News reports: “The U.N. human rights office is calling for a prompt, impartial investigation into the death of a young Iranian woman arrested by the so-called morality police for allegedly wearing an improper hijab.

Iran’s morality police arrested Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from the minority Kurdish community September 13 in the capital, Tehran, for not wearing the hijab properly.

U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says she fell into a coma shortly after collapsing at the Vozara Detention Center. She says Amini died three days later.

‘There are reports that Ms. Amini was beaten on the head with a baton, and her head was banged against the vehicle by so-called morality police,’ she said. ‘Authorities have stated that she died of natural causes… In recent months, the so-called morality police have expanded street patrols, subjecting women perceived to be wearing a ‘loose hijab’ to verbal and physical harassment and arrest.’

Shamdasani says the human rights office has received many videos of violent treatment of women. The abuse included police slapping women across the face and beating them with batons while being thrown into police vans…”

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