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The Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) on Friday hit out at Iran’s “vague” and “official” laws after a young woman died in police custody for allegedly violating the country’s strictly enforced dress code.
“IMSD strongly condemns Iran’s oppressive, dictatorial laws and its murderous enforcement, as well as the denial of citizens’ right to protest,” the group said in a statement. It added that in this third decade of the 21st century, killing a fellow human being for not covering his head is inhumane and barbaric.
“At the same time, we question the hypocrisy of India’s Muslim clerics in not supporting Iranian women’s right to choose, an argument it makes against the backdrop of the ongoing hijab controversy in India,” it said.
The statement issued by the IMSD has been endorsed by nearly 100 prominent citizens from various cities and walks of life, including freedom fighters GG Pareek, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Zeenat Chaukathali, Yogendra Yadav and Tushar Gandhi.
Protesters across Iran have continued to clash violently with security forces following the death of 22-year-old Mahza Amini. She was arrested in Tehran last week by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating a strictly enforced dress code. Police said he died of a heart attack and was not maltreated, but his family questioned that account.
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