Actress Priyanka Chopra has spoken out in favour of Iranian women who have been protesting Mahsa Amini’s killing amid the continuing unrest in that country.
However, on September 13, Mahsa was detained as she and her family were exiting a Tehran metro station with her brother. She was detained for allegedly violating Iran’s stringent laws requiring women to dress modestly and wear hijabs. Mahsa spent three days in a coma before passing away “of natural causes,” as the authorities said, but campaigners believe she was killed by a lethal hit to the head.
Following the tragedy, tens of thousands of Iranians have demonstrated against Mahsa Amini’s passing in the previous two weeks. Women from all around the world have shaved or chopped their hair in public or while being videotaped to demonstrate support for the suffering of Iranian women at rallies and protests.
Priyanka Chopra has shown her support on social media, just like many other women have.
She posted on Instagram and said, “In support of Mahsa Amini, whose young life was brutally taken by the Iranian Morality Police for donning her hijab “improperly,” women in Iran and around the world are speaking out, raising their voices, shaving their heads in public, and engaging in many other forms of protest. The voices that finally emerge after long periods of coerced quiet will deservedly erupt. Additionally, they CANNOT and WILL NOT be stemmed.”
She further added, “Your bravery and your goal inspire me. It is difficult to take an actual life-threatening danger to oppose the patriarchal system and defend your rights. But despite the risk to yourselves, you are brave ladies who do this every day.” Priyanka pleaded with those in authority to pay attention to the protesters’ cries and recognise their concerns.