U.S. says it was “deeply concerned” by death of Kurdish woman in Iran

A combined picture of the White House and Jina Amini, 22, who died under suspicious circumstances in the hospital after falling into a coma in Tehran’s custody

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Friday said the United States was “deeply concerned” by the death of Ms. Amini, “who was reportedly beaten in custody by Iran’s morality police.”

A 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Jina Amini died in hospital on Friday after she suffered from a coma under suspicious circumstances in Iran’s Teheran custody.

Amini who was originally from Saqqez in the Kurdistan province but paid a visit to the capital Tehran, the woman has been sent to custody earlier this week by the Iranian morality police for violating the compulsory Islamic dress code.

Henegaw Human Rights watchdog has reported that Amini has been beaten by the morality police for not wearing Hijab, resulting in serious injury that caused her death after falling into a coma.

Local reports said that Amini slipped into a coma while in custody. But police have said that she allegedly had a heart attack.

Her Family refused the Iranian police sayings, and Amini’s uncle told an outlet that she had no heart disease.

Amini’s suspicious death has sparked widespread outrage across the country, Iranian President has ordered a probe into the case, the Iranian state media said.

Iran’s interior minister Ahmad Vahidi said in a tweet that he had appointed his deputy for security and intelligence to investigate Amini’s death and provide a detailed report to him.

Many Iranians are now calling for an end to the practice of harassing and detaining women for not observing the hijab rules despite the condemnations of the Kurdish woman’s death, local news outlets said.

Morality police but in origins is Gasht-e Ershad, or guidance patrol, responsible to monitor and enforce the Islamic dress in Iran by women. The hijab has been compulsory for women in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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