In Iran, the women’s movement against the hijab is gaining momentum and there are reports of police brutality and repression. 20-year-old Hadis Najafi, who became famous online for protesting against the hijab, was shot by police during a demonstration in Karaj City, near Tehran.
The video of Hadis Najafi became very viral on social media after she reached in front of the police protesting against the hijab and tying her hair with a rubber band. After this, girls were increasingly seen demonstrating on the streets of Iran.
Protests intensify after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody
So far more than 30 civilians have died in the action of security forces during the protests in Iran. All of them were protesting after the death of Mahsa Amini in arrest by the police. In fact, demonstrations in Iran started last week, when 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody. Amini was taken into custody for not wearing a mask properly.
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Government officials had said that Amini died of a heart attack, but Amini’s family has claimed that Amini had no complaints of heart ailment before this. The family says that he died due to beating by the police.
Amini’s death has sparked outrage across Iran and thousands of women have been seen taking to the streets of several cities. Protesters and police have come face to face several times over the past several weeks. Protests against the hijab in Iran have grown so much that many women publicly burnt the hijab and cut their hair in protest.