Washington [US]: Amid the continued turmoil in Iran, actor Priyanka Chopra has popped out in aid of Iranian ladies who have been protesting over the death of Mahsa Amini.
Mahsa was arrested on September 13 as she was leaving a Tehran metro station together with her brother and other relatives. She was arrested for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict rules for ladies on carrying hijab headscarves and modest apparel. Mahsa was in a coma for three days, then died “of natural reasons,” as the authorities claimed, but according to activists, the purpose of her death was a deadly blow to the head. After the incident, thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the last weeks to protest the demise of Mahsa Amini. Women around the globe have shown unity with Iranian ladies’ plight in rallies and demonstrations by reducing or shaving their hair in public or at the same time as being filmed.
Like many other women, Priyanka Chopra also has prolonged her guide on social media.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote, “Women in Iran and around the world are standing up and raising their voices, publicly cutting their hair and many other forms of protest for Mahsa Amini, whose young life was taken away so brutally by the Iranian Morality Police for wearing her hijab ‘improperly’. The voices that speak after ages of forced silence, will rightfully burst like a volcano! And they will not and MUST not be stemmed.
I am in awe of your courage and your purpose. It is not easy to risk your life, literally, to challenge the patriarchal establishment and fight for your rights. But, you are courageous women doing this every day regardless of the cost to yourselves.
To ensure that this movement will have a lasting effect, we must hear their call, understand the issues and then join in with our collective voices. We must also get everyone who can influence others to join as well. Numbers matter.
Add your voice to this critical movement. Stay informed and be vocal, so these voices can no longer be forced to stay silent.
I stand with you. Jin, jiyan , azaadi… Women, life, freedom.”
Before Priyanka, Elnaaz Norouzi also showed her support for Iranian women.