Why Women in Iran Protest After Mahsa Amini .’s Death

Authorities have denied any involvement in her death, but the event has sparked a disruptive uprising led by women in Iran who are fighting back against the country’s strict rules on women. In the past week, protests have erupted in cities across Iran, and as unrest mounts, those protests have moved to Turkey, the United States, Australia and more.

At least three people have died during the protests in the streets, according to The Guardian, but there is no sign of the protests waning.

Why are women protesting in Iran?

Women and allies have taken to the streets in cities across Iran to protest the government’s strict dress code on women. The first trigger was Mahsa Amini’s death in September, after she was arrested for allegedly breaking these rules. Witnesses claimed she was beaten by authorities and her injuries contributed to her death.

As part of the protests, women are burning their hijabs, which they have to wear in public. They also cut their hair strands as an act of defiance.

Who was Mahsa Amini and how did she die?

Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by local authorities on September 13 while visiting Tehran, the capital of Iran, for allegedly violating public dress codes, including wearing a hijab and covering arms and legs. legs with loose clothing.

She was taken into custody and beaten by police, according to witnesses. The injuries left Amini in a deep coma. Although police attribute Amini’s coma to a heart attack, the UN Human Rights Office reports that she was “beaten on the head with a baton”.

Amini was taken to a hospital and died on September 16. Her family has maintained that she was fit and healthy and has denied authorities’ claims that she had “previous physical problems”.

Nada Al-Nashif, acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called for an independent investigation. “The tragic death of Mahsa Amini and the allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority” she said in a statement. “Authorities must stop attacking and detaining women who do not follow the hijab rules.”

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What are the current dress codes for women in Iran?

In Iran, women must cover their heads with a headscarf (hijab) and their arms and legs with loose-fitting clothing. To enforce this, the “morality police” was established in 2005 to ensure that all women obey the code in public spaces. They may apprehend and detain any woman who, in their opinion, does not follow the Code.

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