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Violence erupts in Iran after woman dies in 'morality police' custody

By Rachel Pannett

20 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

22-year-old Mahsa Amini's death in 'morality-police' custody has sparked off protests across the nation including on social media. Iranian authorities are reacting with more violence.

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Security forces cracked down on protesters demonstrating across Iran over the death of a young woman in the custody of its so-called morality police, allegedly killing five.

The death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman from western Iran, during a visit to the capital this month has stirred outrage over the government's increasingly strict enforcement of ultraconservative dress codes for women. Amini was detained as she exited a metro station, and she suffered a heart attack and slipped into a coma while in custody, state-affiliated media said. Her family insisted that she had no previous health problems, and activists asserted that she may have been beaten by police.

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