Iranian teen ‘brain dead’ after ‘morality police attacked her for not wearing hijab’

Unverified CCTV footage appears to show the teenager walking towards the train without a hijab on with two of her friends.

Iranian teen ‘brain dead’ after ‘morality police attacked her for not wearing hijab’

An Iranian teenager who was reportedly assaulted by state morality police for not wearing a mandatory hijab is now ‘brain dead’, it has been claimed.

Armita Geravand, 16, fell into a coma after she sustained ‘severe injuries’ following a ‘physical assault’ by female morality police officers on the Tehran metro, according to a human rights group.

Hengaw, a Norway-based Kurdish human rights NGO, claimed that Armita was attacked by hijab officers in Shohada Station, for not wearing a headscarf.

All women in Iran are meant to wear a hijab under strict morality laws, and the teen is now being treated at Tehran’s Fajr hospital.

State media said: ‘Follow-ups on the latest health condition of Geravand indicate that her condition of being brain dead seems certain despite the efforts of the medical staff.’

- An Iranian teenaged girl is in critical condition in hospital, two prominent rights activists told Reuters on Wednesday, after falling into a coma following what they said was a confrontation with agents in the Tehran metro for violating the hijab law. Armita Geravand's case is highly sensitive, raising concerns the 16-year-old might face the same fate as Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman whose death in a coma last year in the custody of morality police sparked months of nationwide protest. While authorities have denied claims by rights groups that Geravand went into a coma on Sunday after a confrontation with officers enforcing the Islamic dress code, Iranian-Kurdish rights group Hengaw posted her picture unconscious at a Tehran hospital where she was taken after the incident. There was no immediate response from Iran's interior ministry to a request for comment about the incident.
rmita Geravand, 16, fell into a coma after she sustained ‘severe injuries’ in the believed physical assault
- An Iranian teenaged girl is in critical condition in hospital, two prominent rights activists told Reuters on Wednesday, after falling into a coma following what they said was a confrontation with agents in the Tehran metro for violating the hijab law. Armita Geravand's case is highly sensitive, raising concerns the 16-year-old might face the same fate as Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman whose death in a coma last year in the custody of morality police sparked months of nationwide protest. While authorities have denied claims by rights groups that Geravand went into a coma on Sunday after a confrontation with officers enforcing the Islamic dress code, Iranian-Kurdish rights group Hengaw posted her picture unconscious at a Tehran hospital where she was taken after the incident. There was no immediate response from Iran's interior ministry to a request for comment about the incident.
She has been left in a coma since the incident

Armita’s case has raised concerns the 16-year-old might face the same fate as Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman whose death in a coma last year in the custody of morality police sparked months of nationwide protest.

Unverified CCTV footage appears to show the teenager walking towards the train without a hijab on with two of her friends.

Upon entering the train, one of the girls is seen immediately backing off and reaching for the ground, before another girl is dragged unconscious from the cabin by passengers.

Several passengers can be seen gathering round to watch the girl be carried off.

Hengaw later shared a photo of a young girl lying in a hospital bed with several pieces of medical equipment attached to her, claiming it was an image of Armita.

A source told an Iranian news agency that she was ‘brought into hospital in a comatose state’ and needed CPR as she had either ceased breathing or her heart had stopped.

Authorities denied that this was a case of state abuse against yet another young woman.

The head of the Tehran Metro Operating Company, Masoud Dorosti, said the CCTV footage showed no sign of verbal or physical conflict between passengers or company employees.

Unverified CCTV footage shows her being taken from the metro train
Unverified CCTV footage shows her being taken from the metro train
FILE PHOTO: Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration following the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya/File Photo
Protesters during a demonstration following the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran earlier this year (Picture: REUTERS)

There were no verbal or physical altercations between the student and passengers or metro personnel. Rumours about a confrontation between metro personnel and the student are baseless and are contradicted by metro security footage,’ he said.

Armita’s parents publicly stated that their daughter had suffered a drop in blood pressure, lost her balance, and hit her head inside the metro cabin.

But several activists, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity claim Iran has applied heavy pressure on her parents.

An Iranian journalist investigating the incident was arrested and held by authorities for several hours after she made inquiries at the hospital.

Major world figures condemned Iran for the incident.

Mahsa Amini was on a visit to the Iranian capital with her family when she was detained by the special police unit that enforces the strict dress rules for women, including the compulsory headscarf.

Her brother Kiaresh said at the time that while he was waiting outside the police station for her to be released, an ambulance drove out taking her to hospital.

He was told that she was in a comatose state after she suffered a heart attack and a brain seizure.

Mahsa later died of her injuries, but Iran denied involvement in her death, claiming that she had died from multiple organ failure caused by lack of oxygen to the brain.

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