Iran’s Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) says a woman who confessed live to violating the country’s hijab law was beaten before making the statement.
The agency, citing what it called an “informed source,” said on August 5 that Sepideh Rashno was taken to a hospital in Tehran after making the statement and was being examined for internal injuries. According to eyewitnesses cited by HRANAN, Rashno had low blood pressure and was having difficulty moving when she was transferred to the hospital.
She was taken back to prison immediately after the medical examination. Rashno, a 28-year-old writer and artist, was arrested on June 15 after a video of her arguing with another woman who was enforcing headscarf rules on a bus in Tehran went viral.
The other woman threatened to send the video – which shows Rashno riding the bus without the mandatory hijab – to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Rashno was subsequently detained and has since been imprisoned without access to a lawyer and without the charges against her being made public.
She later appeared on Iranian state television after her arrest, reciting lines that appeared to have been written by the authorities.