Iran Woman, Seen In Viral Video Without Scarf On Head During Anti Hijab Protest, Shot Dead: Report

The shocking news came up amid major unrest and deaths being reported from Iran after a massive protest erupted in the country and other parts of the world after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody.

Published: September 28, 2022 1:57 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Analiza Pathak

Iran Woman, Seen In Viral Video Without Scarf On Head During Anti Hijab Protest, Shot Dead: Report
Iran Woman, Seen In Viral Video Without Scarf On Head During Anti Hijab Protest, Shot Dead: Report

Tehran: Hadis Najafi, the Iranian woman, whose video of tying her unscarved hair back and stepping into the middle of a protest went viral, was allegedly shot dead in the country. According to reports, she was shot in the abdomen, neck, heart and hand. A clip of her funeral has surfaced online which shows several persons crying over a picture of her beside a freshly dug up grave.

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The shocking news came up amid major unrest and deaths being reported from Iran after a massive protest erupted in the country and other parts of the world after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody. Amini was arrested for not wearing a proper hijab, which is mandatory for women to wear by the law of the country.

Hundreds of people also protested in London this weekend over the death of Mahsa Amini. Amini died on September 16.

Medical evidence shows the young woman from the Iranian province of Kurdistan suffered several violent blows to the head, which put her into a coma. However, Iran’s authorities claim she “suffered a sudden heart attack,” reported Euronews.

Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women must wear the hijab by law in Iran. The policy is largely unpopular, with Iranian women commonly wearing the headscarf loosely around their ears or letting it drop to the neck.

When the rule was implemented in 1981, it triggered mass demonstrations, which have continued sporadically ever since, reported Euronews.

Some 35 people have been killed since protests broke out in Iran last week. The vast majority of these deaths have come from security forces violently suppressing demonstrators, using live ammunition in some cases. Hundreds of people have also been detained by security forces, reported Euronews.

The UK government has sharply condemned the “killing” of Mahsa Amini, alongside other western countries, though there has been criticism over the fact that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was not publicly challenged on the issue during a recent UN meeting in New York.

Many policies of Iran, such as the compulsory hijab, are deeply unpopular among large sections of the Iranian population. Economic issues, especially inflation and a hugely devalued currency fuelled by sanctions, have only increased their frustrations.

Chants against Iran’s supreme leader and the Islamic Republic have been a regular feature at this week’s demonstrations, with many Iranians shouting “down with the dictator,” reported Euronews.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published Date: September 28, 2022 1:57 PM IST