The Iranian authorities They arrested the mother of one 16-year-old teenager who would have been the victim of an incident with police units in the Tehran metro and that he is in a coma, according to a rights defense NGO.
According to the Iranian Kurdish rights NGO Hengaw, based in Norway, the teenager Armita Garawand was seriously injured during an “attack” by members of the Moral Police, responsible for enforcing the obligation for Iranian women to wear veils in public.
According to Hengaw, the teenager, originally from the mainly Kurdish city of Kermanshah (west), but who lives in Tehran, is being treated at the Fajr hospital, in a unit under high security measures.
Shahin Ahmadi, the girl’s mother, was detained by security forces near the hospital and taken to an unknown location.
private television Iran International TV I affirm that The young woman’s mother was arrested after protesting against restrictions on visits to the hospital.
On Monday, the official press agency Irna had stated that the young woman lost consciousness on Sunday after a fall in the subway and the general director of that transport system, Masood Dorosti, denied any “verbal or physical altercation” between the teenager “and passengers or employees of the subway.”
Germany and the United States expressed on Wednesday their concern about the case of the Iranian teenager in a coma, which came just over a year after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini following her arrest for an alleged violation of Iran’s strict dress code for women.
“In Iran, a young woman fights for her life again, just because her hair was visible in the subway. She is intolerable,” wrote German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on X, formerly Twitter.
For his part, the US special envoy for Iran, Abram Paley, stated on the same network that Washington was “shocked and concerned due to reports that the so-called Iranian morality police attacked” the young woman.
Iranian authorities remain on high alert for any outbreak of social tension.
The death of Mahsa Amini triggered several months of protests that shook the Iranian clerical leadership and only diminished in the face of a repression that, according to activists, has resulted in thousands of arrests and hundreds of deaths.
(With information from AFP)