BREAKING: TikToker Hadis Najafi, 23, shot dead in Iran protests

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A 23-year-old Iranian TikToker has been shot dead after joining protests in her hometown of Karaj, where activists had been campaigning against their country's strict hijab mandate.

As reported by Sky News, Hadis Najafi, who was active on social media, had not been vocal about women's liberation in Iran but was outspoken in her fight for the right to wear what she wanted.

When in public, hijabs are mandatory for all women in Iran, regardless of religion or nationality.

Her shooting death has only served to add to the feelings of anger that many in Iran have in regard to the strict rules imposed by the country's morality police.

Najafi was said to have been employed as a cashier at a restaurant and had a penchant for sharing fashion posts on her Instagram. She would also share different hairstyles both with and without her hijab - but only within her own home or other private locations.

She was described by a friend as "always happy and energetic".

Her social media presence was typical of that of any young woman. She would post videos of her dancing in her room and pouting at the camera.

News of Najafi's death comes after another young woman, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, died while in police custody on September 16. She had been arrested for wearing her hijab too loosely, per reports.

This is a developing story. More to follow...

Featured image credit: gerard ferry / Alamy

BREAKING: TikToker Hadis Najafi, 23, shot dead in Iran protests

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By VT

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A 23-year-old Iranian TikToker has been shot dead after joining protests in her hometown of Karaj, where activists had been campaigning against their country's strict hijab mandate.

As reported by Sky News, Hadis Najafi, who was active on social media, had not been vocal about women's liberation in Iran but was outspoken in her fight for the right to wear what she wanted.

When in public, hijabs are mandatory for all women in Iran, regardless of religion or nationality.

Her shooting death has only served to add to the feelings of anger that many in Iran have in regard to the strict rules imposed by the country's morality police.

Najafi was said to have been employed as a cashier at a restaurant and had a penchant for sharing fashion posts on her Instagram. She would also share different hairstyles both with and without her hijab - but only within her own home or other private locations.

She was described by a friend as "always happy and energetic".

Her social media presence was typical of that of any young woman. She would post videos of her dancing in her room and pouting at the camera.

News of Najafi's death comes after another young woman, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, died while in police custody on September 16. She had been arrested for wearing her hijab too loosely, per reports.

This is a developing story. More to follow...

Featured image credit: gerard ferry / Alamy