Armita Gharavand lost her life after 28 days of hospitalization in the intensive care unit of Fajr Hospital in Tehran

20:00 - 28 October 2023

Armita Gharavand, a 17-year-old student, died after 28 days of hospitalization in the intensive care unit of Fajr Hospital in Tehran.

The state-run IRNA news agency reported and confirmed the death of this 17-year-old girl on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

The news agency wrote: "According to the official theory of the doctors, Armita Gharavand suffered a sudden drop in blood pressure, a fall, a brain injury and consequently a persistent seizure, a decrease in brain oxygenation and brain edema."

Armita Gharavand and two other friends who did not have veils on their heads were going to school on Sunday, October 1, 2023, when, according to Radio Zamaneh, "they argued with agents who were giving hijab warnings and they pushed Armita and her head hit an iron rod", "the drop in blood pressure was also due to internal bleeding in the skull".

On Monday, October 2, 2023, IRNA published part of the footage of the CCTV cameras of the Shahid Square metro station in Tehran without publishing the parts of the moment of Armita's arrival at the station and the wagon and inside it. The refusal to publish videos inside the wagon and the moment of Armita's arrival at the station, while equipped with CCTV cameras has added to the suspicions of this incident and the government's cover-up in this regard. The video of the moments of entering the station and inside the wagon is important because some witnesses have reported that government agents clashed with Armita and her friends due to non-compliance with compulsory hijab in these two places.

On the same day, "Maryam Lotfi" a social reporter for "Shargh Network" who had gone to Fajr Hospital to prepare a report was arrested. Shargh Network published her release news after an hour by editing the original news and deleting the part "going to Fajr Hospital to prepare a report".

On Tuesday, October 3, 2023, IRNA again published an interview from a conversation with the parents of this 17-year-old teenager without mentioning her name and parents. According to Armita's mother: "I think they said her blood pressure dropped" and her father says, "I don't know if she passed out or what happened". Likely, the family is still not aware of what happened to their child and IRNA's report emphasizes more on denying the news published about the clash of government agents by the family.

On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the Coordination Council of Cultural Associations of Iranian Teachers announced: "The head of security of the Ministry of Education had gone to Armita Gharavand's school and threatened her teachers that publishing any news or even pictures of Armita Gharavand through virtual pages and by her teachers would have a heavy penalty and the offending teacher would be directly dismissed."

Armita Gharavand was born on April 2, 2006, and her family is originally from Kuhdasht Lorestan and migrated to Tehran.