In protest of this incident, there were protests in many cities in Iran, including the capital Tehran.
The Henggao Human Rights Organization said on Twitter that security forces fired on protesters in the Kurdish town of Masha’s home on Monday, killing two.
Apart from this, 2 more people were killed in Diwandareh by the members of the security forces. A fifth person died in Dehgolan, also a Kurdish town.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the information in this Hengao report.
Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported that “limited” protests were brought under control by police in some cities in seven provinces.
The country’s state television reported the arrest of several protesters; Rejecting ‘social media reports of protest deaths’, they showed 2 injured people, who themselves dismissed the reports of their deaths as rumours.
However, the Iranians are widely angry about Masha’s death, which can be seen on social media. The Persian hashtag ‘Mashamini’ has reached close to two million mentions on Twitter.
Iran’s policy police strictly monitor whether citizens of the Islamic republic obey Sharia law, which prohibits women from covering their hair and wearing loose clothing in public.
They said about Masha’s death, the 22-year-old girl fell ill while waiting with other women detained by Niti police.
However, Masha’s father says that his daughter was not physically ill and that her daughter’s legs were bruised. He also claimed that the police were responsible for his daughter’s death.
Mass protests in Kurdistan within Iran surrounding Masha’s death; Authorities have previously cracked down on protests and violence in the region, home to between 8 million and 10 million Kurdish minorities.
Hengao also reported that 75 people were injured in Monday’s protests. In a video they posted on Twitter, protesters were seen throwing stones at police. One of them was heard saying ‘there is a war going on in Diwandareh’ and alleging that the police were attacking the protesters.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video.
Internet access was almost completely shut down in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province, on Monday, NetBlocks, a group that monitors restrictions on internet access, said on Twitter.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in protests elsewhere in Iran, although Hengao reported deadly violence in Kurdistan, Reuters reported.
Videos on social media showed protests against Masha’s death in several cities, including Tehran, Rasht, Mashhad and Isfahan.
Twitter account 1500Tasbir showed scenes of police cars being smashed in Tehran and water cannons being fired at protesters from nearby security forces vehicles.
Another video footage shows demonstrations at Tehran University against the Basij, a paramilitary force.