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16-Year-Old Iranian Girl in Coma After Morality Police Arrest

Armita Geravand, 16-years-old, is shown in a photograph. Obtained by ABC News
Armita Geravand, 16-years-old, is shown in a photograph. Obtained by ABC News

A 16-year-old girl has fallen into a coma following an altercation with the Iranian Morality Police while riding the Tehran Metro, as reported by Iran Wire.

According to the report, the incident unfolded on Sunday when Armita Geravand was confronted by authorities at the Shohada metro station for not wearing a hijab. This encounter resulted in severe injuries to the young woman, necessitating her transfer to the Fajr Air Force Hospital for medical treatment.

Iran Wire reported that a source at the hospital informed them that Geravand “was brought to the hospital in a comatose state with a code 99,” suggesting that the teenager needed CPR due to some level of cardiac arrest. The source also stated that her injuries were consistent with a “head trauma.”

Official statements from Iranian state media contradict the reported encounter with police officers, asserting instead that Geravand had fainted due to “low blood pressure.”

Geravand, while reportedly residing in Tehran, originally hails from Kermanshah, a city located in the heavily Kurdish western region of Iran.

A year after the September 2022 in-custody death of Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly, Iranian authorities initiated a fresh campaign to clamp down on women who challenge the dress code enforced by the Islamic republic.

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