‘You killed her for two locks of hair’: Mahsa Amini’s father refuses to offer Islamic prayers over her body

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The death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini while in police custody for not wearing the hijab ‘properly’ has sparked a huge wave of anger in Iran.

Amid these protests, Mahsa Amini’s father prevented Mullahow from performing her last rites.

‘Your Islam has condemned her, now you have come to pray for her? Aren’t you ashamed? You killed her for two locks of hair! … Take your Islam and go,” Mahsa Amini’s father said in a viral video.

Mahsa Amini, 22, was detained on September 13 by the so-called “morality police” after officers apparently found a flaw in her headscarf or hijab.

After a while, she had a heart attack and was immediately taken to the hospital with the assistance of the emergency services. “Unfortunately, she passed away and her body was taken to the coroner’s office,” state television reported on Al Jazeera on Friday.

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The announcement came a day after Tehran police confirmed that Amini had been detained along with other women for “instruction” about the rules.

Human rights activists who spoke to the family said police grabbed Amini and forced her into a police vehicle, TAUT reported citing IranWire. Her brother, Kiarash, intervened, but the police told him they would take his sister to the police station for an hour of “re-education.”

Her brother waited outside the police station for her to be released, but an ambulance pulled up and took his sister to the hospital.

“The woman was sent to a police station in Greater Tehran for counseling and education when she suddenly suffered a heart attack in front of other people,” police said, TAUT reported, citing state media.

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Mahsa’s family, who questioned the police’s version of events, said she was normal and had no pre-existing heart conditions.

Human rights group Amnesty International said: “The circumstances leading to the suspicious death in custody of 22-year-old young woman Mahsa Amini, including allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in custody, should be criminally investigated.”

“The so-called ‘morality police in Tehran arbitrarily arrested her three days before her death while enforcing the country’s abusive, humiliating and discriminatory forced veil laws. All agents and officials responsible must be brought to justice,” it added.

After the incident that caused a stir on social media, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ordered the interior minister to open an investigation into the matter.

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Several lawmakers said they would raise the matter in parliament, while the judiciary said it would form a special task force to investigate, Al Jazeera reported. Amini’s death comes amid growing controversy both inside and outside Iran over the conduct of the morality police, formally known as the Gasht-e Ershad (Guidance Patrol).

The mandatory dress code, which applies to all nationalities and religions, not just Iranian Muslims, requires women to hide their hair and neck with a headscarf, Al Jazeera reported. In recent decades, women have become increasingly withdrawn, especially in the big cities, wearing their headscarves far back on their heads to reveal their hair.

(With input from ANI)

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