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Iran: Teenager Armita Garawand 'brain dead'


Highlights: Armita Garawand, 16, has been in a coma since 1 October. She was allegedly assaulted by morality police in the Tehran metro. The incident is the latest in a series of incidents involving women wearing the veil in Iran. The case has sparked a debate about the role of women in society. The Iranian government has condemned the attack. The death of the woman has been ruled a suicide by a court of law. She is now in a critical condition in hospital, according to reports.

According to various NGOs, the girl was violently arrested in the Tehran metro on 1 October when she was not wearing the Islamic veil. She then reportedly fainted before being hospitalized.

Iranian high school student Armita Garawand, who fell into a coma in controversial circumstances in early October in the Tehran metro, is now brain dead, local media reported on Sunday. "Armita Garawand's state of health is not encouraging, and despite the efforts of doctors, she appears to be brain dead," said the Borna news agency, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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The 16-year-old from a Kurdish region has been hospitalised at Tehran's Fajr Hospital since 1 October after fainting in the capital's metro. The circumstances of this malaise are controversial. Authorities claimed the teenager had suffered a "drop in blood pressure" and denied any "verbal or physical altercation" between her "and passengers or subway executives."

An assault by the morality police

But according to NGOs, the high school student was seriously injured in an "assault" by members of the morality police, who are responsible for enforcing the obligation for Iranian women to wear the veil in public.

The case came just over a year after the death in custody on 16 September 2022 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman arrested by the morality police for allegedly violating strict dress rules imposed on women in Iran.

The death sparked a widespread protest movement in the country that left hundreds of people dead, including security officers, and thousands arrested.

Source: lefigaro

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