Iranian police are investigating the incident in which the woman was surrounded by officers in the street




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Video from Tehran showed a large group of male security forces surrounding a woman and grabbing her in the street.

They finally let him go and he quickly moves away. The clip has been widely shared on Persian-language news channels outside Iran.

Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Ansieh Khazali, told Iranian state media ISNA that disrespect for women is not tolerated by any group or organization. Khazali says he asked the police officials to submit a report on the reason behind the incident and if wrongdoing is found, then the officer should be dealt with.

The Information Center of the Tehran Capital Police said that the incident is being investigated and any behavior that does not comply with the rules and regulations is unacceptable, according to a statement in ISNA.

Police say the woman in the video led the women’s rights protests in Plaza Argentina.

Girls and women have led the protest movement that swept Iran after the death of a young woman in police custody.

In September, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being arrested by the country’s morality police, apparently for not wearing a hijab properly. Iranian authorities have since launched a brutal crackdown on protesters, and have sided with the country’s authoritarian regime on a number of grievances.

Witnesses said Iranian security forces beat, shot and arrested students at Tehran’s Sharif University. Last month, nearly two dozen children died in the protests, according to a report by Amnesty International.

At least 23 children – some as young as 11 – were killed by security forces in the last 10 days of September alone, the report said.

Earlier this week, an Iranian official also admitted that students from schools participating in street protests are being arrested and taken to psychiatric institutions.

The Iranian government’s harsh crackdown on protesters has caught the attention of world leaders.

The US imposed sanctions on seven senior Iranian officials, and President Joe Biden pledged more costs for “perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters”.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “concerned by reports of excessive use of force during peaceful protests that have resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries”.

On Tuesday, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF called for the protection of children and adolescents amid the public conflict.

“We are deeply concerned by reports of children and adolescents being killed, injured and detained amid the ongoing unrest in Iran,” UNICEF said.