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Iran: Armita Garawand, arrested for not wearing a veil, died after a month in a coma

2023-10-28T07:07:52.009Z

Highlights: Iran: Armita Garawand, arrested for not wearing a veil, died after a month in a coma. The teenager had been violently arrested in the Tehran metro. She was brain dead and had been hospitalized since October 1. 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" 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.


The teenager had been violently arrested in the Tehran metro because she was not wearing a veil. She was brain dead.


Iranian high school student Armita Garawand, who fell into a coma under controversial circumstances in early October in the Tehran metro, died on Saturday, local media reported.

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Armita Garawand, a student residing in Tehran, died an hour ago after intensive medical treatment and 28 days of hospitalization in the special care unit," Borna news agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said.

Read alsoIran adopts a law strengthening sanctions against non-wearing of the veil

The 16-year-old from a Kurdish region had been hospitalized at Tehran's Fajr Hospital since October 1 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."

On Saturday, the local Tasnim news agency cited the "official doctors' opinion" that the girl had "suffered a fall resulting in brain damage, followed by continuous convulsions, decreased cerebral oxygenation and cerebral edema, after a sudden drop in blood pressure."

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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