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Iranian girl, 16, beaten into coma by morality police in Tehran over hijab, human rights group claims

A human rights group is claiming that a 16-year-old Iranian girl was hospitalized after morality police beat her into a coma in Tehran over the weekend for not complying with dress code rules on the hijab.

Armita Garawand was allegedly beaten on the Tehran Metro on Sunday night and is currently in the intensive care unit of Fajr Hospital, according to Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.

“Her present condition is reported to be critical,” Hengaw told Fox News in a statement. “After four days, she remains in a coma in the ICU. Government security forces have established a secure environment at Fajr Hospital, denying access to visitors, including her family members. According to our latest information, Iranian authorities have confiscated the mobile phones of Armita’s family members following the publication of a photograph of her in a coma.”

Iran’s state-run Fars news agency, however, has claimed that the teen had fainted after a drop in her blood pressure and hit her head on the side of the train car.

Demonstrations erupted for months across the county in response to Amini’s death. Police crackdowns resulted in about 400 deaths, according to international rights groups, including 50 minors. About 30 members of Iran’s security forces were killed during the demonstrations.

Fox News’ Michael Lee contributed to this report.


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