The hijab debate started in Iran recently after the death of a young woman named Mahsa Amini in police custody. That controversy led to continuous protests. More than 200 people have been killed in clashes with the police since last September.
The statement also said that the dead included members of the security forces, ‘terrorists’ and members of ‘foreign aid organizations’.
However, according to foreign human rights organizations, the death toll is more than four hundred.
In Iran, women are required to wear hijab in public. The country’s ‘morality’ police oversee these rules. Police arrested Mahsa Amini from Tehran on September 13. Amini visited Tehran with her family. After being detained, she fell ill at the police station and was admitted to hospital.
Mahsa Amini died under treatment on September 16. A massive movement started in protest against this incident. Protests spread in more than a dozen cities in Iran.