Women in Iran have started burning hijabs (headscarves) in protest over the death in detention of a lady held by moral police for violating hijab restrictions.
Demonstrations have lasted five nights and have reached various towns and cities. Protests erupted in western Iran on Saturday during the burial of Mahsa Amini, a young lady who died in hospital on Friday after being in a coma for three days, according to media sources.
A big crowd cheered as women set fire to their hijabs in daring acts of protest in Tehran’s Sari district. Protesters shouted anti-government chants after assembling in Mahsa’s hometown of Saqez, according to videos uploaded on social media.
Ms. Amini was detained by Iran’s morality police in the capital last week, accused of violating a regulation that requires women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf, and their arms and legs with loose garments. She went into a coma after falling at a prison centre.
However, Iranian officials have initiated investigations into Ms. Amini’s death.
- Gaurav is working as an Independent Researcher based in Delhi.
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