This is the moment a woman was violently arrested in Iran using what appears to be a dog-catching pole for failing to wear a headscarf.
Video of the arrest posted online last week shows the woman being dragged by her hair through the streets of Tehran while seemingly snared by the catch pole, before being bundled into a ‘morality police’ van.
Masih Alinejad, a prominent Iranian women’s rights campaigner who uploaded the footage, said the woman was arrested for failing to wear a head covering – mandatory for women in the Islamic Republic.
She dismissed Tehran police deputy chief Colonel Morad Moradi who said the woman had actually been arrested for being ‘insulting and aggressive’, saying police often ‘make up other charges’ for women who breach morality laws.
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