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Armita Geravand

An Iranian teenager is reportedly brain-dead after an encounter with the country's morality police enforcing strict dress code requirements earlier this month. Rights groups say 16-year-old Armita Geravand has been in a coma since the Oct. 1 incident, when she was physically confronted by officers on the Tehran metro for failing to wear a hijab.

The case comes roughly a year after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died under similar circumstances (see previous write-up). Amini was stopped while visiting Tehran last September for allegedly violating the hijab requirement and detained, later arriving at the hospital with a severe head injury. Her death sparked months of demonstrations across Iran, leading to the arrest of almost 22,000 people and the deaths of hundreds of protestors.

Iranian officials claim Geravand suffered her injuries after fainting due to low blood pressure (they previously said Amini suffered a heart attack). Footage released by state media shows Geravand being carried off a train but not the physical encounter.

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