16-year-old Armita Geravand, who lost consciousness in early October after an altercation with Iranian morality police, is brain dead, Reuters reported on Sunday, based on reports from Iranian state media. The reason for the dispute was the lack of a hijab covering the hair. According to the opposition media, the girl was pushed by an officer and then hit her head on a post.
“Information on Armita Geravand’s health indicates that despite the efforts of medical staff, she is brain dead,” Iranian media reported.
According to the official version spread by the Iranian mass media, the teenager allegedly fainted after boarding the metro train in Tehran. Opposition website Iran However, International reported that there was an argument with the morality police on the train, and an officer pushed her so that she hit her head on a post and lost consciousness. The reason for the dispute was the lack of a hijab covering the hair – in accordance with strict rules introduced by the Iranian ayatollahs, women cannot appear in public places with exposed hair.
Organization human rights At the beginning of October, Hengaw published a photo from the intensive care unit with a girl in a coma. She also informed that the phones of all her family members had been confiscated. Security forces were to surround the hospital to prevent people from gathering and protesting.
Hengaw: Girl’s mother arrested
The authorities – commented Iran International – are dealing with the situation in exactly the same way as before the case of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who died last year after being detained for not covering her hair tightly enough. Her death was the beginning of a wave of bloodily suppressed protests.
A journalist who wanted to describe the accident was detained, and the official media published a recording of Armita’s parents. Iranian authorities have repeatedly published forced interviews with the families of victims who died during the crackdown on protests.
On October 5, Hengaw announced that Armita’s mother had been arrested.