A 22-year-old Iranian woman died earlier this week after being arrested by Iran’s moral police, Iran’s semi-official website Etemad Online reported, citing her uncle.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death, Iran’s state news agency ISNA reported on Friday.
On Tuesday evening, Mahsa Amini and her family, traveling from Iran’s Kurdistan region to visit relatives in the capital Tehran, were stopped by a patrol of the morality police, a dedicated unit that enforces strict dress codes for women, such as the mandatory headscarf.
According to IranWire, human rights activists who spoke to the family say that the police caught Amini and put him in a police vehicle.
Her brother, Kiarash, tried to intervene and was told that her sister was being taken to the police station for an hour of “re-education”, IranWire reported.
Kiarash said he never saw his sister awake again.
While waiting outside the police station to release him, an ambulance came out and cautiously took his sister to the hospital.
In an interview with IranWire, Kiarash said that while at the police station he suffered a heart attack or stroke and was told that he was in a coma.
Iran’s state television confirmed Amini’s death in a news report without giving details, according to Reuters.
On Thursday, Tehran police said Amini had suffered a “heart attack” after his arrest on Tuesday.
“The woman was sent to a Greater Tehran police district for guidance and education when she suddenly had a heart attack in front of other people,” the police said.
Amini’s family has disputed the version of events given by police, saying he was a normal, healthy 22-year-old with no prior heart disease.
“It was only two hours until he was arrested and taken to the hospital,” Kiarash told IranWire.