Derek Royden: In Iran, the revolution is being feminized

Mahsa Amini, who was preparing to go to university with the goal of becoming a doctor, was taken into custody on Sept. 13 in Tehran by Iranian “morality police.” Her crime? Wearing a hijab they deemed “inappropriate.”

Her 17-year-old brother, Kiarash, who was with her visiting the capitol from the north western state of Kurdistan, was there at the time of her arrest.

As the young woman’s father explained to a reporter soon after, “My son begged them not to take her, but he was beaten too, his clothes were ripped off.”

Some witnesses to what happened that day told Amini’s brother that they saw her being assaulted inside of the police van that took her away, a claim authorities have denied.

A short time after being arrested, Amini, a member of the country’s Kurdish minority, was in a coma and reportedly had a fractured skull. She was eventually brought to Kasra hospital, where she died on Sept. 16.

Authorities at first claimed that the 22-year-old, who also went by the Kurdish name Jina, had suffered a heart attack in custody, though she had no history of this kind of medical trouble and this didn’t take into account the clear signs of head trauma and bruising on her lower body. More recently, they have claimed that she died as a result of a brain tumor that had been removed when she was a child with no problems in the years after.

The idea seems to have been to convince people that it was a coincidence that she was in police custody when a pre-existing condition caused h