The United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police over an allegation of abusive action to Iranian women.
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last week in custody sparked protests around Iran. Amini, a kurdish woman was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for wearing an unsuitable attire and fell into a coma afterward while being detained.
Protests in the city broke out even after the authorities affirmed that there will be an investigation of her death.
Also, the morality police violated the rights of peaceful protesters, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
The sanctions cover seven senior officers, including the chief of the Iranian army’s ground forces.
“The Iranian government needs to end its systematic persecution of women and allow peaceful protest,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.