Activists have accused Iran’s morality police of beating a 16-year-old girl, Armita Geravand, into a coma for not wearing a hijab. The incident occurred when Armita boarded a Tehran metro train at Shohada station on Sunday. CCTV footage released by authorities shows her being pulled unconscious from the train. Human rights group Hengaw alleged that she was subjected to a severe physical assault by morality police officers. Armita is currently being treated at Tehran’s Fajr Hospital under tight security, and her family’s phones have been confiscated.
Hengaw, which focuses on Iran’s Kurdish ethnic minority, stated that Armita lived in Tehran but was originally from Kermanshah’s predominantly Kurdish western province. The organization claimed that authorities physically attacked her at Shohada station for not complying with the compulsory hijab rule. Two prominent rights activists also confirmed a confrontation with agents enforcing the strict dress code.
Amsterdam-based Radio Zamaneh cited an unnamed source stating that hijab enforcers pushed Armita after boarding the train without a headscarf, causing her to hit her head on an iron pole. Hengaw later posted a photo on social media, allegedly showing Armita unconscious in the hospital. The authenticity of the photo has not been verified.
Authorities briefly detained a female journalist from the Sharq newspaper who went to the hospital to report on the case. The managing director of the Tehran metro, Masood Dorosti, denied any verbal or physical conflict between Armita and passengers or metro executives. He stated that rumors of a confrontation with metro agents were untrue and that CCTV footage refuted the claim.
The incident has drawn comparisons to the case of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in custody in September 2022 after being detained by morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly. Witnesses claimed she was beaten by officers, but authorities attributed her death to pre-existing medical conditions.