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A young Iranian woman is in a coma and fighting for her life after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic republic’s so-called morality police, activists said today.

The woman, named Mahsa Amini, 22, was visiting the Iranian capital with her family when she was detained by the special police unit that enforces strict dress rules for women, including compulsory veiling.

Ella’s brother Kiaresh de Ella told the IranWire news website that while she was waiting outside the police station to be released, an ambulance pulled out of her and took her to the hospital.

She was told that she had had a heart attack and a stroke and that she was now in a coma.

Mahsa Amini, 22, identified by IranWire, an online news service run by expatriate Iranians. Ms. Amini is in a coma and fighting for her life after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic Republic’s so-called morality police, activists said today.

“There were only two hours between her arrest and her transfer to the hospital,” she said.

Vowing to file a criminal complaint, she added: ‘I have nothing to lose. I won’t let this end quietly.


A Tehran police statement confirmed that she had been detained for “explanations and instructions” on dress rules, along with other women.

“She suddenly suffered a heart problem while she was in the company of other guided persons [and] … she was immediately taken to hospital with the cooperation of the police and emergency services.”

It is still unclear what happened between her arrival at the police station and her departure for the hospital.

The social media channel 1500tasvir, which chronicles her rights violations by the Iranian police, posted a photo of her in hospital with a tube in her mouth and said that she was in a coma.

“Disgusting,” Iranian-British actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi wrote on Twitter. ‘How many young and innocent lives must be brutally stolen before we all rise up?’

“Mahsa Amini’s situation is an example of an intentional crime,” Iranian freedom of expression activist Hossein Ronaghi wrote on social media.

“The systematic repression of Iranian women under the guise of enforcing hijab by the lead patrol and police force is a crime.”

The incident comes as controversy grows, both inside and outside Iran, over the conduct of the gasht-e ershad (guidance patrol) that monitors and enforces the dress code in Iran.

The Islamic hijab has been compulsory for women in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the shah.

Some women, encouraged by US activist Masih Alinejad, have tried to protest the rule by removing their hijab in public.

In mid-July, a young Iranian woman, Sepideh Rashno, disappeared in mid-July after becoming involved in a dispute on a Tehran bus with another woman who accused her of removing her veil.

She was held by the Revolutionary Guards and appeared on television in what activists said was a forced confession.

She was released on bail in late August after about a month and a half behind bars.

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