An Iranian teenager fell into a coma after being assaulted by state morality police for not wearing the mandatory hijab, echoing the treatment of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
Armita Geravand, 16, is currently resting in a hospital under “strict measures” at an air force hospital in Tehran, the Iranian capital, according to a civil rights group.
Hengaw, a Kurdish human rights NGO based in Norway, says that on Sunday morning, Armita was “seriously injured” when she was attacked by officers wearing hijabs at Shohada Station, a metro station in the city , because she was not wearing a hijab, which all In Iran, women are expected to wear clothing under strict moral laws.
Unverified CCTV footage, shared with local media, appears to show the teenager walking towards the train without a hijab with two of her friends.
Upon entering the cabin, one of the girls is immediately seen backing up and reaching for the ground, before another girl is dragged unconscious out of the cabin by the passengers.
Armita was allegedly beaten by Iranian moral police for not wearing a hijab
Human rights group Hengaw shared a photo of Armita (pictured) in a comatose state on a hospital bed.
Armita was allegedly beaten until she was in a coma after boarding a Tehran metro train.
Several passengers can be seen gathering to witness the girl’s kidnapping.
Images from inside the train have not yet been released.
Hengaw then 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 “taken to hospital in a comatose state” and needed resuscitation because she had either stopped breathing or her heart had stopped. stopped.
Authorities have denied this is a case of state abuse against another young woman.
Tehran Metro Operating Company Director Masoud Dorosti said CCTV footage showed no signs of verbal or physical conflict between passengers or company employees.
“There were no verbal or physical altercations between the student and any passengers or subway staff. Rumors of a confrontation between Metro staff and the student are baseless and are contradicted by Metro security footage,” he said.
Armita’s parents publicly stated that their daughter suffered a drop in blood pressure, lost her balance and hit her head in the subway cabin.
She was taken off the train by her friends and several passengers
Several other passengers began to gather around her after she was removed from the train.
“I think my daughter’s blood pressure dropped, I’m not too sure, I think they said her blood pressure dropped,” her mother said. But she added that there was no point in creating controversy.
But several activists, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, say Iran put heavy pressure on his parents.
“His relatives said there was a heavy presence of people in civilian clothes at the hospital,” said one of the activists in Iran.
The second activist said security forces had banned Armita’s parents from posting her photo on social media or speaking to human rights groups.
An Iranian journalist investigating the incident was arrested and detained by authorities for several hours after checking in at the hospital.
The Iranian Interior Ministry has not yet commented on the alleged attack on Armita.
Major world figures have already condemned Iran for this incident.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on X, formerly Twitter: “Once again, a young woman in #Iran is fighting for her life. Quite simply because she showed her hair in the subway. It’s unbearable.
“#ArmitaGarawand’s parents have no place in front of the cameras, but have the right to be at their daughter’s bedside.”
Armita’s case has raised fears that the 16-year-old could suffer the same fate as Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in a coma last year while in police custody morals sparked months of nationwide protest.
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Mahsa was visiting the Iranian capital with her family when she was arrested by the special police unit which enforces strict dress rules for women, including the mandatory headscarf.
Her brother Kiaresh said at the time that while he was waiting outside the police station for her to be released, an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital.
She was told she was in a comatose state after suffering a heart attack and a stroke.
Mahsa later died from her injuries, but Iran denied any involvement in her death, saying she died of multiple organ failure caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Nearly 80 people died during 11 nights of violent unrest across the country last September, after Iranian citizens called for the death of current leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after news of his death spread. is widespread.