Outcry After Young Woman Killed in Custody of Iran’s “Morality Police”

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readSep 24, 2022

Widespread protests have rocked Iran since the death of 22-year old Mahsa Amini on September 16.

Photos taken at a protest at London’s Piccadilly Circus against mandatory hijab in Iran. September 21, 2022. (Photo: Garry Knight)

Iranian women are rising up to demand freedom: Are we listening?” asked Iranian American writer and community organizer Hoda Katebi in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times today.

Since the death of 22-year old Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022- while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police”- protests, marches and demonstrations have swept Iran. At least 35 people have already been killed during the protests, according to Iranian state media reports. Some international media outlets estimate the death toll to be much higher.

As of today, Iran’s notoriously brutal regime is showing danger signs of an imminent crackdown, including choking internet access within the country and preventing Iranians from using social media. Hundreds of people have already been arrested. Some, including prominent Iranian journalists and activists, appear to have been arrested preemptively.

“The army is ready to defend the security and interests of the Iranian nation against the conspiracies of the enemies,” the Iranian army threatened in an ominous statement released yesterday. “The army personnel fully support their comrades in the police forces and are ready to deal with the various plots of the enemies.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made several similar statements Thursday, alluding to a coming crack-down on what he deemed, “acts of chaos”.

Back in July, it was President Raisi himself who ordered Iran’s morality police to do more to punish violators of hijab laws he said were responsible for, “corruption in Islamic society.”

In spite of the loss of internet access, Iranian activists have still managed to release what they claim is evidence of Iranian police forces firing on unarmed protestors. Footage from the huge protests and reports from eyewitnesses have been flooding the internet and news media outlets.