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A newspaper with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police"

Fury Grows in Iran over Woman Who Died after Hijab Arrest - Social Media

Protests persisted on Sunday, September 18, and #MahsaAmini became one of the top hashtags ever on Persian-language Twitter as Iranians fumed over the death of a young woman in the custody of morality police enforcing strict hijab rules.

Amini, 22, died on Friday, September 16, after falling into a coma following her arrest in Tehran earlier the previous week, putting a spotlight on women's rights in Iran.

Police rejected social media suspicions that she was beaten, saying she fell ill as she waited with other detained women.

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Sunday around the University of Tehran, shouting "Woman, Life, Freedom," according to online videos.

Under Iran's sharia or Islamic law, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes. Offenders face public rebuke, fines, or arrest.

But in recent months, activists have urged women to remove veils despite the hardline rulers' crackdown on "immoral behavior." The Persian hashtag #MahsaAmini has now reached 1.63 million mentions on Twitter. (JPost/ VFI News)

“God, we pray that you protect the Iranian women, give them freedom and salvation and bring down the current Iranian government, which is only bringing destruction to its people.”