Iran teenage lady mentioned to be mind lifeless after alleged subway encounter with cops whereas not sporting hijab – JURIST


Armita Geravand, a teenage lady who was seen unconscious after allegedly encountering cops on a practice with out sporting hijab on October 1, is claimed to be “mind lifeless,” in keeping with an Iranian semi-state media report revealed Sunday.

Teheran metro station tv surveillance shows that on October 1, 16-year-old Geravand, on her option to college, entered the metro carriage from Shohada station at round 7:08 a.m, together with her hair uncovered. A couple of minutes later, her unconscious physique was dragged out of the carriage. She was despatched to hospital and has been in a coma since then. What occurred inside the jiffy after she entered the practice stays unknown. 

Whereas Iranian officers attributed the incident to a blood strain concern, which they are saying led Geravand to fall and hit her head, activists however alleged that she could have been attacked by cops within the carriage for violating the nation’s obligatory hijab requirement. Notably, Iran announced the return of morality police on July 16 this yr, the accountability of whom is to patrol the streets, implementing Article 638 of the Islamic Penal Code, which forces ladies to put on hijab.

Iranian human rights group Kurdish-Iranian Hengaw, who revealed the incident to the general public, reported on Sunday that Geravand’s medical group had knowledgeable her mother and father that her mind was not functioning and there was no hope of restoration.

Additionally it is alleged that Geravand’s household and mates had been threatened to cowl up for the federal government by not telling the reality concerning what occurred within the carriage on October 1. The incident occurred simply two weeks after the one-year anniversary of the demise of Mahsa Amini, who died in custody after being arrested for not complying with the nation’s obligatory hijab regulation. Mahsa’s demise has sparked the large-scale Woman, Life, Freedom protest in Iran. Whereas activist teams mark Geravand as “one other sufferer of pressured hijab” following Amini, Iran officers are additionally fearful about Geravand’s incident turning into one other collection of Mahsa Amini protests. The Fajr Air Power Hospital, wherein Geravand is staying, has been topic to stringent safety measures. A information reporter who attempted to go to the hospital to cowl the story was detained.

Activists have requested an impartial investigation of the UN Unbiased Worldwide Truth-Discovering Mission on the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was established in in accordance with the UN Human Rights Council resolution S35/1 after the demise of Mahsa Amini. The Mission’s mandates embody “to totally and independently examine alleged human rights violations within the Islamic Republic of Iran associated to the protests that started on 16 September 2022, particularly with respect to ladies and youngsters.”

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