A London-based news outlet said Monday it received the skull CT scan of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in police custody in Iran last week, adding that she had broken bones, bleeding and cerebral edema.
Satellite news channel Iran International said it obtained the medical documents through a hacktivist group. They “clearly show a fractured skull on the right side of her head caused by severe head trauma, confirming previous reports from her family and doctors that she was hit multiple times in the head,” the report reads.
“Images of her chest show bilateral diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and damage from aspiration pneumonia, secretion and superimposed infection. Doctors say the results are consistent with acute respiratory distress syndrome due to brain trauma,” she added.
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Amini fell into a coma shortly after being arrested for her hijab by morality police in Tehran on September 13 and was pronounced dead on Friday, sparking social media uproar and street protests.
Tehran police said Amini “suddenly developed a heart problem” while in detention, and state-run media ran reports claiming she had suffered from multiple health problems before her arrest.
But Amini’s parents have said their daughter had no health problems prior to her incarceration. Activists say she was beaten while in detention, causing her serious injuries that led to her death.
The hijab, which became mandatory for women in Iran shortly after the 1979 revolution, is seen as a red line for Iran’s theocratic rulers. Women who break the strict dress code risk harassment and arrest by Iran’s vice squad.
Due to the dress code, women must cover their hair completely in public and wear long, loose-fitting clothing.
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