TEHRAN: (BY MUSTAFA MUGHAL) Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stressed that “acts of chaos” are not acceptable.
He said this in a warning to demonstrators who have taken to the streets in response to the murder of Mahsa Amini, 22, while in morality police detention.
Raisi also declared he has commissioned an investigation into Amini’s case during a press conference on Thursday outside the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
After being detained by the morality police unit of Iran that keeps an eye on women’s attire and looks out for “poor hijab” last week in Tehran, the Kurdish Iranian woman passed away in the hospital.
The death of Mahsa Amini has sparked protracted demonstrations across Iran as as anger mounts at the law imposing headscarves on women and the “morality police” used to enforce it.
Raisi stated, “There is freedom of expression in Iran….. but acts of chaos are unacceptable,” adding that “double standards” were to blame for the case of Amini receiving worldwide attention.
“We see men and women dying in police confrontations every day in numerous nations, including the United States, but there is no sensitivity regarding the source and coping with this brutality,” he alleged.
Protestors and family members claimed the 22-year-old had been tortured while in prison, despite the police’s claim that there had not been any “physical contact” between her and the officers.
Saeed Dehghan, a well-known lawyer, claimed that Amini had suffered skull fractures and referred to her demise as “murder.”
Videos have seen protesters fighting with police and women and girls burning their headscarves.
Iranian authorities claim that during the protests, at least 17 people have died, including five security personnel.
Sanctions on Morality Police
However, The United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police here on Thursday, accusing it of mistreating and violently assaulting Iranian women and holding it accountable for the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died in jail under their custody this week.
Seven senior Iranian military and security personnel, including the commander of the Iranian army’s ground troops, were named as targets of penalties by the U.S. Treasury after it claimed that the morality police had violated the rights of nonviolent protestors.