France condemns suspicious death of Jina Amini

Newspapers with Amini, a victim of country’s “morality police”, are seen in Tehran A newspaper with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s “morality police” is seen in Tehran, Iran September 18, 2022. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTER

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday condemned the arrest and violence that lead to the death of Jina Amini also known as Mahsa Amini in Iran, it said in a statement.

The Suspicious Death of Kurdish woman aged 22 Jina Amini in Iran’s custody after she was arrested by so-called morality police for violating the Islamic dress code, and not wearing Hijab, triggered a wide range of condemnations at the international level.

In a statement, France’s Foreign Ministry said that the death of the Iranian woman at the hands of Iran’s morality police is “profoundly shocking” and called for a transparent investigation to shed light on the circumstances of her death.

It added that France reaffirmed its commitment to counter violence against women and girls all over the world and would continue to advocate in favor of the generalization of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing violence against women.

The Kurdish woman died in a hospital in Teheran last week after she was suspiciously slipped into a coma in the custody, local reports said that she was beaten by the police in custody for refusing to wear Hijab.

Officials in the Iranian police refused Amini’s death because of beating in the custody by the police, saying that she had a heart attack while her family strongly opposed the police sayings, “She was in a good shape with no health problems,” Amini’s father said.

Her death sparked wide outrages across the country, and intensive protests erupted in Kurdish provinces and continued for the third day particularly because Amini was originally from Kurdistan’s Saqqez province in Iran.

Henagw watchdog for Human Rights on Monday reported that at least four people were killed and 75 wounded amid the protests, and children were included among the casualties.

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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