Armita Geravand fell, unconscious, on the platform of a Tehran metro station on October 1. She was taken to a hospital where she remained in a coma for 28 days.
The authorities said the high school student had fallen and injured her head after suffering a sudden drop in blood pressure, but reports strongly suggest that she was physically assaulted for not wearing a head covering.
During Armita’s burial ceremony in Tehran on October 29, authorities assaulted mourners and arrested dozens of people, including prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
Sotoudeh’s husband, human rights activist Reza Khandan, told IranWire that 14 detained women were brought before Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court on November 6.
He also said that his wife’s case has been referred to the 29th Branch 29 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court.
The hasty trial of the women arrested at Armita’s funeral has raised concerns among human rights activists that they might be tried collectively.
The women have been denied their basic rights while in custody.