Iranian girl in coma after being assaulted by morality police

In an incident similar to the killing of the young Kurdish woman, Jina Amini, activists and human rights groups stated that a 16-year-old girl is in a coma after being assaulted by Iran's morality police.

Iranian girl in coma after being assaulted by morality police
4 Decemberember 2023   07:29

Activists and human rights groups reported that the so-called “morality police” in Iran beat a 16-year-old girl, in events similar to those that followed the killing of the young Kurdish woman, Jina Amini last year.

According to the "Hengaw" group, an Iranian human rights organization operating from exile, the girl, Armita Garawand was subjected to "severe physical assault by the 'morality police,'" the Al-Hurra website reported.

Media outlets quoted journalists and human rights observers as saying, “The student, Armita, was hospitalized in Tehran after an alleged assault by police officers at a metro station southeast of the capital.”

The Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported that Armita has now left in a coma."

Iranian activist, Masih Alinejad, reported the story and published “painful pictures” of the girl in the hospital.

Alinejad said on the “X” platform (formerly Twitter), “The news sparked great anger among Iranians.”

She added: "The memory of the brutal murder of Jina Amini at the hands of the morality police is still painful. We Iranian women are suffering from the morality police and the entire regime, because as long as this apartheid gender is in power, women will be arrested, harassed, injured every day."

“ The police arrested the girl and her friends for allegedly not wearing the hijab," Iranian journalist based in London, Farzad Sivikaran, wrote on the "X".

"The police assaulted the girl, which led to her falling unconscious.” Sivikaran added.

Surveillance camera footage published by Iranian state-run media shows a group of teenage girls boarding a train. One of the girls is then removed from the train and appears to be unconscious. After a cut in the footage, the unconscious girl is taken away.

On the other hand, the Iranian authorities denied that any confrontation with the police had occurred, claiming that the girl lost consciousness “due to a drop in blood pressure” and fell to the ground, in a story similar to the one that happened to Jina Amini.

On Monday, the Iranian newspaper "Sharq Daily" reported that the journalist, Maryam Lotfi, was arrested by security guards after she went to the hospital where Armita Garawand and was hospitalized.

The same newspaper later reported that journalist Maryam was released that night, and the media reported that there were strict security measures in place at the hospital to prevent access to the girl.

This comes more than a year after the killing of the young Kurdish woman, Jina Amini, days after she was arrested by the Iranian “morality police” in Tehran.