Mahsa Amini, the image of a 22-year-old Iranian girl comes to mind when you hear the name of Mahsa Amini, thanks to the internet and the media. A few days ago, he was going with his family from Kurdistan, the western province of Iran, to visit relatives in the capital, Tehran. She was arrested by the country’s morality police unit for not wearing the hijab in public in accordance with religious norms. He died in police custody last Friday. After the incident, demonstrations and protests created a volatile atmosphere in Iran. US President Joe Biden also expressed his support for the country’s ‘brave’ women.

News agency AFP reported that Mahsa went into a coma after the arrest. Witnesses alleged that Mahsa Amini was beaten up in a police van, but the police denied the allegations. “Unfortunately, he is dead,” Iranian state television said. The police also claimed that the girl was suffering from heart disease, though Mahsa’s family denied any such problem, saying she had no health problems.

In Iran, women are not allowed to wear hijab in public today. The country has made it compulsory for women to wear the hijab since the 1979 Islamic revolution. On August 15 this year, Iran’s hardline president Ibrahim Raisi signed a decree on women’s dress codes. He ordered strict action against women’s rights. The decree stipulates strict penalties for violating the dress code both in public and online.

Demonstrations and protests are being held in different cities of the country for six consecutive days in protest of Mahsa’s death. Last Monday, at least four people were killed and 15 injured in the firing by the law and order forces. Many women protested and protested in videos by burning their hijabs and cutting their hair. The country’s government has restricted the use of social media, WhatsApp and Instagram by throwing teardrops to control the protests. According to Al-Jazeera’s report, there have been reports of internet disconnection in different cities of the country. Most of the mobile company networks have been shut down. Due to this millions of people are facing problem in mobile communication.

Two citizens of the capital Tehran and southern Iran said they could not send any pictures and videos on WhatsApp. Can only send messages. And they seem to have blocked Instagram completely. Earlier in 2019, the government cut off internet connection for about a week to control energy protests.

Meanwhile, at the 77th General Session of the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said that the United States expressed its full support for the recent protests that broke out in Iran after the killing of a 22-year-old woman for wearing hijab. Today we stand with the brave citizens and brave women of Iran, who are protesting right now to protect their basic rights.

Besides, China, Myanmar and Taliban have also made it clear about the human rights violations. “The United States will always promote human rights and the values ​​enshrined in the United Nations Charter at home and around the world,” he said.

Different people of Iran are reacting strongly on social media to demand fair trial of the killed young woman. The country’s judiciary has launched an investigation. But for the past few years, there has been tension around various activities of the morality police with different people especially young women in implementing the dress code rules. In various videos published on social media, policemen often force women into police vehicles. In 2017, dozens of women took off their hijabs in public to protest. The authorities then took strict action against them.

(22 September)