Fresh protests broke out in Iran over the death of a young woman who had been arrested by the "morality police" that enforces a strict dress code.
Public anger has grown since authorities on Friday announced the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in a hospital after three days in a coma, following her arrest by Tehran's morality police during a visit to the capital on September 13.
According to media reports, it said demonstrations were held in Tehran, including in several universities, and the second city Mashhad.
Iranian police said on Monday the death of a young woman in custody was an“unfortunate incident” which they do not want to see repeated, a semi-official news agency reported.
Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma and died following her arrest in Tehran last week by the morality police, sparking demonstrations against the authorities across the country by Iranians enraged by the treatment of women by security forces. Police said at the weekend Amini fell ill as she waited with other detained women. But Amini's father told pro-reform Emtedad news website on Sunday that his daughter was fit and had no health problems.
The morality police units enforce a dress code in the Islamic republic that demands women wear headscarves in public. It also bans tight trousers, ripped jeans, clothes that expose the knees and brightly coloured outfits.
Police have insisted there was "no physical contact" between officers and the victim.