Iran hijab protest

Iranian women burn hijabs in protest [Video]

  • Mahsa Amini, 22, was detained in Iran after being told that her headscarf was worn too loosely.
  • She died after three days in a coma, believed to be caused by a police beating.
  • Protests erupted all over the country, with women burning hijabs and cutting off their hair in protest against the “morality police” who enforce strict dress codes.

A 22-year-old woman died after being detained by Iran’s “morality police,” leading to protests that involved the burning of hijabs.

On Sept. 13, Mahsa Amini from Kurdistan was visiting Tehran, the Iranian capital, when the country’s “morality police” detained her for dress code violations. Authorities reportedly told her that her headscarf was worn too loosely. She later collapsed while in detention and spent three days in a coma before her death on Sept. 16.

Iranian authorities claimed that Amini suffered “sudden heart failure,” but Amini’s family believes she died from injuries caused by a police beating. Reports also claimed that the morality police beat her with a baton.

Amini’s father, Amjad, was not allowed to see his daughter’s body. But while she was wrapped for burial, her face and feet were visible, allowing Amjad to see bruises on her feet. Amjad also told BBC Persian that her daughter had not suffered from poor health, unlike what the authorities claimed.

Her death caused uproar nationwide, with thousands of Iranians taking to the streets in protest. According to state television, violent clashes have led to 17 deaths, but a human rights group puts the death toll at 31 at least.

Women burned their hijabs and cut off their hair in protest, with many women all over the world doing the same in solidarity.

The Iranian authorities responded by blocking several social media apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as shutting off internet access to several networks.

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Iranian military and police on Friday.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated, “Mahsa Amini was a courageous woman whose death in Morality Police custody was yet another act of brutality by the Iranian regime’s security forces against its own people.” Yellen called out officials for resorting to violence “to suppress peaceful protesters and members of Iranian civil society.”

Nada Al-Nashif, The United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, called for an independent investigation into Amini’s death.

The Iranian government imposed a dress code when the Islamic Revolution ended in 1979. It required all women to wear “proper” clothing such as loose-fitting garments and a headscarf. Before this, women had the freedom to decide whether to wear a hijab, with some opting to wear it for tradition or under family pressure.

The Gasht-e Ershad (Guidance Patrols), also known as “morality police,” were put in charge of enforcing the dress code.

Tara Sepehri Far, the Iran and Kuwait researcher of Human Rights Watch, told Yahoo News, “Women who do not wear the hijab can be fined or imprisoned.”

Women have tried to resist it for over 40 years, with acts of defiance increasing over the past five years.


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3 thoughts on “Iranian women burn hijabs in protest [Video]

  1. They will all be rounded up and stoned to death as an example by the ” I A toilet” diaper head!

  2. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the end for Iran’s brutal regime. Hopefully, enough men will have the gumption to stand up for these women.

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