Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Protests Turn Violent in Iran: Another Young Woman Shot to Death

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Iran’s security forces reportedly killed another young woman who defied the country’s mandatory hijab regulations after appearing in a protest without her hair covered.

After purportedly being shot six times by Iranian security forces, a 20-year-old woman, Hadis Najafi, was killed as she prepared to join the demonstration over Mahsa Amini’s killing.

According to Iranian journalist Farzad Seifikaran, Najafi was killed on Wednesday in the city of Karaj, the capital of Alborz province of Iran after being shot multiple times in the face and neck by security personnel.

Hadis Najafi, 20, drew the attention of the world last week when a video of her entangling her hair as she prepared to confront Iranian police, which went viral.

Iranian station IRIB reports that since the protests began, security forces have killed at least 41 people, three children included. The death of the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked anti-hijab protests nationwide, she was arrested by the country’s “morality” police.

Although Hadith Najafi’s face was severely disfigured by the gunshots, her father was put under pressure to claim that the girl died of natural causes (a stroke) in exchange for handing over the body, according to Seifikaran.

Najafi’s death comes as protests continue to sweep the country and the number of civilian casualties continues to surge.

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