Iranians protest death of woman detained for improperly wearing hijab

Iranians have taken to the streets of the capital Tehran to protest the death of a young woman, who was detained for violating the country's conservative dress code.

The state-run news agency IRNA has reported that Mahsa Amini died last Friday, after she was taken into custody in Tehran. The 22-year-old woman was reportedly detained for not properly wearing an Islamic headscarf, known as a hijab.

Local police say the woman collapsed, after she suffered a heart attack. They also say that she was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead there.

Video footage taken in central Tehran on Monday shows lots of people shouting in protest on the streets.

Demonstrations were also held in the western province of Kurdistan, where the woman was from. Participants accused the police of committing violent acts that brought about her death.

Individuals have been posting anti-government messages online as well. President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into the case.

In Iran, it is mandatory for women to cover their hair with a headscarf in public places. Over the past few months, the conservative Raisi government has been intensifying a crackdown on violators.