Armita Jeravand: Iranian teenager ‘brain dead’ after alleged assault by morality police


An Iranian teenager who fell into a coma after allegedly being assaulted by the country’s morality police for not wearing a headscarf is “brain dead”, state media said.

Armita Jeravand, 16, was hospitalized with head injuries after the alleged attack at a Tehran metro station earlier this month, according to activists, just weeks after Iran passed draconian legislation imposing much harsher penalties on women who break the already strict rules for hijab in the country.

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“The follow-up of Armita Jeravand’s latest health condition shows that her condition of brain death appears certain despite the efforts of the medical staff,” the state-run Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday, without providing a source for the information.

Earlier in October, the Norway-based Hengaw Human Rights Organization, which focuses on Kurdish rights, said Jeravand was “assaulted” by morality police and fell into a coma. Another opposition network, IranWire, said Jeravand was admitted to the hospital with a “head injury”.

Hengaw official Awyer Shekhi earlier told CNN that female morality police officers approached Geravand near Shohada metro station and asked her to adjust her hijab.

“This demand led to an altercation with the moral police officers who physically assaulted Jeravand. She was pushed, which led to her collapse,” Sheki said.

Iranian officials have denied the allegations, saying Jeravand was hospitalized due to an injury caused by low blood pressure.

Jeravand’s friends and family have repeated these denials in interviews with state media, although it is unclear whether they were forced to do so. UN officials and human rights groups have previously accused Iranian authorities of pressuring the families of slain protesters to make statements supporting the government’s narrative.

Armita Jeravand was hospitalized in October after an accident at a metro station in Tehran.

Iran’s parliament in September passed the so-called “hijab law” on wearing the garment – which, if violated, could lead to 10 years in prison – following the first anniversary of the mass protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death.

Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, died last September after being detained by the regime’s notorious morality police, who allegedly did not follow the country’s conservative dress code.

On Sunday, Iranian authorities arrested two journalists who first covered Amini’s death.

Nilufar Hamedi, who worked for the reformist newspaper Shargh, was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison on charges including “cooperation with the hostile government of the United States” and “conspiracy to commit crimes against the country’s security,” state run Mizan news reported.

Elahe Mohammadi, who worked for the reformist Ham-Mihan newspaper, was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison on similar charges, according to Mizan.

Last year, Iranian intelligence accused Hamedi of using her role as a journalist as a cover to incite dissent.

Hamedi’s husband, Mohammad Hossein Ajorlu, said the sentence was announced on her birthday.

“These verdicts are a (wrongful response) to the honest and honorable efforts of Niloofar and Elaheh. We hope these sentences will be overturned and Nilufar and Elahe will be released as soon as possible,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter.

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the sentences “are a travesty and serve as a stark reminder of the erosion of free speech and the Iranian government’s desperate attempts to criminalize journalism.”

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