Iran investigates death of woman detained by vice police

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 Iran investigates death of woman detained by vice police

The Iranian president has ordered an investigation into a young woman who fell into a coma while in custody in Tehran and died in hospital, Iranian state media reported on Friday. Police said she had heart attack.

According to state news agency IRNA, President Ibrahim Raisi asked Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi to “immediately and with particular attention to investigate the causes of the incident.”

According to social media reports, Mahsa Amini, 22, was detained in earlier this week by the so-called “vice police” after the police apparently found flaws in her headscarf or hijab.

The headscarf has become mandatory for women in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and vice versa enforces a strict dress code.

Police said Thursday that Amini was taken to hospital after she allegedly suffered a heart attack while in custody. Pro-reform news sites quoted Amini's uncle as saying that she had no heart disease.

Iran's judiciary's official website, Mizan.news, reports that Tehran's chief prosecutor, Ali Salehi, ordered a police team of forensic experts to look into the medical aspects of the case.

treats people, especially young women.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for a more lenient treatment of women who do not follow the official dress code. But hardliners are calling for harsh punishments, up to and including whipping, arguing that allowing women to show their hair leads to moral corruption and family breakdown. br /> Since 2017, after dozens of women publicly removed their headscarves in a wave of protests, the authorities have taken tougher action.

Amini's case has drawn condemnation from Iranian celebrities, athletes and other public figures.

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