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In Iran, uproar grows after a girl dies in police custody because of her hijab. A large number of women and girls have taken to the streets to protest. Despite the strict hijab law in Iran, women are protesting by removing their hijabs and burning them in many places. Meanwhile, these videos are also going viral on social media where Iranian girls are seen cutting their hair with scissors.
Mehsa Amini, 22, died in police custody on Friday. Since then there has been a lot of anger among the women and they are demonstrating by going out into the streets. In media reports, the cause of death is explained as a heart attack. Mehsa was in police custody at the time. Mahsa was arrested for not wearing the hijab properly.
According to the BBC, witnesses present at the time of the incident say that Mahsa Amini was taken to a police station after being arrested from Tehran. However, police denied the allegations, saying Amini had a sudden heart attack while in custody. On the other hand, Mahsa Amini’s family claims that Mahsa was absolutely healthy. They allege that something happened in police custody that led to Mahsa’s death.
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In Iran, Mahsa Amini, 22, found it so costly to go against hijab rules that she lost her life in police custody. She was arrested and relentlessly tortured by the government’s Moral Police a few months ago for publicly urging her to remove her hijab. Her health deteriorated in police custody and Mahsa lost her life after falling into a coma.
Hundreds of people had protested in the streets on Saturday against the same incident. A large number of women also joined the protestors. In images and videos of these viral demonstrations on social media, many women can be seen expressing their protest by removing their hijabs from their faces. Similarly, in Amini’s hometown of Sakkaj, people are on the streets and slogans were raised against the government. This crowd is raising slogans like “tyantash ko death”. According to a media report, female protesters in Amini’s hometown of Sakkaj protested by removing their hijabs from their faces.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist, shared images of the protests on his social media account. He wrote, Iran-Saghej women took off their hijab (headscarves) in protest against the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and raised the slogan: Death to the dictator! Removing the hijab is a punishable offense in Iran. We call on women and men around the world to show solidarity.