Iran’s twisted morality police beat and torture women who show hair in public
The brutal death of Mahsa Amini has sparked nationwide protests in Iran, whose twisted "morality police" are said to have beaten the woman to death.
Amini, 22, was beaten to death by morality police after she had been arrested in the capital of Tehran for not following strict hijab laws.
The 22-year-old was allegedly arrested for having some hair visible under her headscarf, an item of clothing which Iranian women are legally required to wear.
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But following a shocking and disturbing beating, Amini is said to have fallen into a coma and collapsed at the detention centre she was taken to, dying three days later in hospital.
Members of the morality police have denied smashing her head in with a baton and banging Amini against a vehicle, yet her death has sparked furious protests across Iran.
Many protestors are calling for the dismantling of the disturbingly ruthless mortality police, with female protestors burning hijabs in the streets as riots break out.
At least eight people are said to have died in the clashes between police and protestors.
The morality police are said to prowl the streets and busy public spaces in green and white vans, cracking down on "improper" behaviour and conduct.
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Members of the controversial policing division, also known as the Guidance Patrol, are said to ensure Islamic morals are respected and arrest women who violate conservative dress codes.
One former morality officer spoke to the BBC and said: "They told us the reason we are working for the morality police units is to protect women. Because if they do not dress properly, then men could get provoked and harm them.
"It's weird, because if we are just going to guide people why do we need to pick somewhere busy that potentially means we could arrest more people? It's like we are going out for a hunt.
"They expect us to force them inside the van. Do you know how many times I was in tears while doing it? I want to tell them I am not one of them. Most of us are ordinary soldiers going through our mandatory military service. I feel so bad."
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