The female member of Iran’s morality police who violently assaulted an Iranian woman for violating the country’s dress code was identified.
Activists took to social media to share a screengrab of the policewoman from the video which documented the assault and went viral.
Iranian authorities identified the woman and announced that she will be prosecuted, however no action was taken in that regard thus far.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had appeared to criticize the incident in a speech he gave on state television on Saturday. He did not refer directly to the case, but appeared to use it to criticize recent efforts to clamp down on social media networks.
Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad took to her official Twitter account to condemn the incident, and blamed President Rouhani for being “the architect of compulsory hijab”.
Alinejad shared a statement that she received from a friend of the victim of the incident. In the statement, the victim said that she was attending a friend’s birthday when the morality police attacked them and tried to force the girls into their van.
This picture belongs to one of the female morality policy officers who savagely beat up a poor woman in a park. Please read the statement (second picture) this poor woman sent us. Let's not let these people get away with impunity. #MyCameraIsMyWeapon pic.twitter.com/XkQfA7lDCg— masih alinejad (@AlinejadMasih) April 21, 2018
Alinejad told Al Arabiya that she, along with other activists, launched a hashtag on Twitter to stand with the assaulted girl called ‘My Camera My Weapon’. She added that this hashtag is also in opposition to the daily struggles that women in Iran go through, whether it’s the forced dress code or general suppression.
She said that this hashtag will hopefully help people expose attackers, like the policewoman, by encouraging them to record any similar incidents.
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