Mahsa Amini, 22, beaten up by Iranian Morality Police for wearing “inappropriate hijab.” She went into a coma while detained in the police building and passed away two days later in the hospital. Possible cause of death: base skull fracture.
Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma last week, hours after morality police held her for allegedly breaking hijab rules.
She was detained outside a metro station in Tehran on Tuesday by morality police. They accused her of breaking the law requiring women to cover their hair with a headscarf, and their arms and legs with loose clothing.
According to witnesses, she was beaten while inside a police van that took her to a detention centre.
Police rejected the allegation and said she suffered "sudden heart failure" while waiting with other women at the facility to be "educated".
Her death sparked protests in the capital and western Iran, where two people were reportedly killed in clashes with riot police on Monday.
Videos posted on social media appeared to show a crowd throwing stones in the town of Divandarreh and later running after coming under fire.
Other footage showed protests in the capital, where women removed their headscarves and shouted "death to the dictator" – a chant often used in reference to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.