Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday had a phone conversation with the family of Mahsa Amini who died in the custody of the Islamic Republic's "morality" police.
"Your daughter and all Iranian girls are my own children, and my feeling about this incident is like losing one of my own dear ones," Raisi’s office quoted him as telling the Aminis, promising them to carefully deal with the "incident".
“I was informed of this incident when I was on a trip to Uzbekistan [to attend the latest Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit]. I immediately ordered my [administration] to investigate this as a special case,” he said, adding that “Rest assured will demand the relevant state bodies to follow up on this case until all its aspects come into light.”
The 22-year-old Mahsa Amini who was arrested on Tuesday by the morality police and was taken to hospital two hours later after losing consciousness. She passed away Friday afternoon at Kasra Hospital in Tehran from severe damage to her brain.
Hospital staff told Iran International that Amini received repeated blows to her head and was near death when she was brought in.
Numerous condemnations and protests are still following Amini’s death, with many state officials calling for the elimination of the hijab enforcement patrols.
Masoumeh Ebtekar, former President Hassan Rouhani's vice president for women and family affairs, said on Sunday that the previous administration tried to cancel the patrols, but hardliners in the country did not allow it.