A 14-year-old Iranian girl celebrating her birthday with her friends became the latest victim of highhanded actions by the country’s police against women and girls, reports The Independent.
In a strict interpretation of “modest” dress codes, the police barged in, beat and detained her last week when the teenager was with her friends in the city of Shiraz.
The newspaper named her as ‘Zahra’ in order to protect her identity and quoted her about what happened when the morality police patrol turned up and the officers forced her and her friends into their car, beating them when they resisted.
The issue they raised was only regarding the ripped jeans they were wearing.
The girl said two women and two men beat them and pushed them into a van.
Zahra and her friends were freed later after having to sign written statements that they would not wear the jeans again and also follow the dress code in the future.
“I still carry the bruises sustained from their beatings on my face,” she said. “I still feel their pressure on my arm and my ribs still hurt.”
The Independent also spoke to her mother who said it was “the worst day of my life, as if the world has ended for me”.
She added that her “daughter feels the same,” and recalled how she helplessly followed the morality police car to the station.
The mother, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said the girls were also threatened with pepper spray by the male police officers to force them into the car, while the female officers hit them and pulled their hair.
She also maintained that her daughter and her friends were wearing ordinary clothes. “It was just that they were wearing ripped jeans.”
The mother said her daughter bears visible signs of police brutality in the form of bruises all over her body.
‘Ripped jeans': Iran police beat, detain 14-year-old girl on her birthday