Iranian Teenage Girl Falls into Coma Following Alleged Encounter with Officers over Hijab Violation
Armita Geravand, a teenage girl from Iran, has fallen into a coma after an alleged encounter with officers over a violation of the country’s strict dress code for women. The incident has sparked concerns among human rights groups and raised parallels with the tragic fate of Mahsa Amini, whose death in custody last year triggered anti-government protests.
The news of Geravand’s hospitalization was first made public by Kurdish-Iranian advocacy group Hengaw. Disturbing photos of Geravand hooked up to life support machines have been circulating on social media, while Iranian state media has confirmed that she is currently “brain dead.”
Rights advocates are worried that Geravand may meet a similar fate as Amini, whose death intensified criticisms of the Iranian government’s treatment of women. Amini’s tragic demise resulted in widespread protests against authorities and calls for greater respect for human rights.
In response to the allegations, Iran denies that Geravand was harmed during the confrontation with officers. However, this incident has once again brought attention to the strict dress code imposed on women in the country since the 1979 revolution. Iranian law requires women to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothing, and violators can face public rebuke, fines, or even arrest.
Since Amini’s death, more women have been daring to appear unveiled in public places, pushing against these restraints and expressing their frustration with the oppressive dress code. However, this incident serves as a tragic reminder of the potential consequences faced by those who challenge the authorities and their rigid interpretation of Islamic norms.
As the news of Armita Geravand’s condition continues to circulate, rights groups and activists are calling for a thorough investigation into the allegations and demanding justice for the teenager. The Iranian government now faces mounting pressure to address the concerns raised by advocates and ensure the protection of women’s rights in the country.
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