Widespread protests across Iran have been fueled by the shocking incident of a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in police custody.
Due to the alleged violation of the Islamic dress code, Mahsa Amini was taken to a police station on Friday in the Iranian capital by members of Gasht e Ershad, the country’s morality police.
Before being transferred to a hospital where she was declared dead, CCTV footage released by the police showed Amini losing consciousness inside the police station.
With police and her family members offering conflicting versions of the incident, what transpired between her detention and death remains shrouded in mystery.
With many incidents reported since July, the resurgence of the morality police in recent months has reignited the long-running debate about mandatory hijab in Iran.
However, prompting authorities to order high-level judicial probes, Amini’s death has sent ripples of rage across the country.