Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has spoken out in support of the Iranian women who are protesting against their hijab laws following the custodial death of a young woman, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She was arrested for allegedly wearing the hijab improperly. Since then the protests have led to the death of several women. The toll reportedly stands at 92 at least. Chopra wrote on social media on how she is in “awe” of the courage and purpose of the women protesting.
“I am in awe of your courage and your purpose. It is not easy to risk your life, literally, to challenge the patriarchal establishment and fight for your rights. But, you are courageous women doing this every day regardless of the cost to yourselves,” she wrote on Instagram.
She further added, “Women in Iran and around the world are standing up and raising their voices, publicly cutting their hair and many other forms of protest for Mahsa Amini, whose young life was taken away so brutally by the Iranian Morality Police for wearing her hijab ‘improperly’. The voices that speak after ages of forced silence, will rightfully burst like a volcano! And they will not and MUST not be stemmed.”
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Urging people who can influence others in any way to join the movement, Chopra wrote, “To ensure that this movement will have a lasting effect, we must hear their call, understand the issues and then join in with our collective voices. We must also get everyone who can influence others to join as well. Numbers matter. Add your voice to this critical movement. Stay informed and be vocal, so these voices can no longer be forced to stay silent. I stand with you. Jin, jiyan , azaadi… Women, life, freedom. #MahsaAmini #IranProtests #WomanLifeFreedom”
Sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, women across Iran have been spearheading the rising protests. Women across Iran are burning their hijabs, cutting their hair, and making flags out of them for two weeks.
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On September 16, 2022, Amini died in hospital after spending three days in a coma. On September 13, she was with her brother in Tehran when she was arrested , by Iran’s “morality police” who accused her of wearing an “improper” hijab. She slipped into a coma shortly after collapsing at Vozara Detention Centre.
Following which, thousands of people, frontlined by women, took to the streets of Iran protesting against the oppressive regime.. Police and security forces have responded with live ammunition, pellet guns, and teargas and several people have been injured and killed during the protest.
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