Late Iranian woman Mahsa Amini has been given a major human rights award by the European Union (EU). Amini died in police custody last year.
Young Iranian woman Mahsa Amini has received a big award posthumously. According to the news agency AP report, the European Union (EU) gave the top human rights award to Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. Mahsa Amini died in police custody last year.
The death of this young woman was in the headlines of international media.
It is noteworthy that Mahsa Amini died at the age of only 22 years. Due to death in police custody, Iranian security forces were put in the dock by human rights organizations around the world. According to media reports, Mahsa Amini died during the hijab controversy. The death of Mahsa Amini had shocked sensibilities amid widespread protests in Iran.
Police brutality, serious injury marks on the body
According to media reports related to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Tehran police, she was detained only because her hijab was not worn properly. There were serious allegations of brutality against the police. According to reports, many such pictures of Mahsa Amini also surfaced where injury marks were visible on her body.
Widespread protests in Iran regarding hijab
Mahsa Amini’s death also remained in the headlines because, after the death of this young woman, the protests regarding hijab intensified in Iran. Women were seen burning hijabs on a large scale amid protests over the dress code. Women adopted a violent way of protesting and even cut their hair.
Strict laws regarding hijab and dress in Iran
It is noteworthy that after the much-discussed Islamic Revolution of Iran, women were required to wear hijab. After this revolution that took place 43 years ago, wearing a hijab is mandatory under Sharia law. After the revolution that took place in 1979, provisions were made for strict punishment for women who did not wear hijab. According to international media reports, a rule for punishment has been made under Section 638 of the Islamic Penal Code. If any woman or girl is found in public without wearing a hijab or violating the dress code prescribed under Sharia law, she will be punished severely.
Why is Mahsa Amini different from thousands of women?
Women are now vocally raising their voices against gender discrimination and restrictions imposed on women in Iran. One such protest took place against the hijab. Mahsa Amini was also included among thousands of women who raised their voices. The unfortunate and shameful death of Mahsa, a resident of Sakez City of Kurdistan, is evident from the fact that reports claimed that she did not violate Iran’s dress code. Despite this, the police detained Mahsa Amini. There were also reports of screaming sounds being heard during the interrogation. After the situation worsened, the police hurriedly took Mahsa Amini to the hospital with the help of an ambulance, but the doctors could not succeed in saving Mahsa.