Protest following the death of Mahsa Amini in Istanbul, Turkey
Protest following the death of Mahsa Amini in Istanbul, TurkeyReuters/Onur Dogman / SOPA Images/Sipa USA

Armita Geravand, a teenage Iranian girl, is "brain dead" following an alleged encounter earlier this month with officers over violating the country's hijab law, Reuters reported, citing Iranian state media.

Photos of the 16-year-old girl were first published on social media by right-wing groups, such as Kurdish-Iranian Hengaw, showing her unconscious with a respiratory tube and bandage over her head, visibly on life support.

Concerns have been raised by rights advocates that Geravand might face the same fate as Mahsa Amini. Amini’s death sparked months of nationwide anti-government protests that posed one of the boldest challenges to Iran's clerical rulers.

Iran denied that Geravand was injured after a confrontation with officers who were enforcing the mandatory Islamic dress code in the Tehran metro, according to which women are required by law to cover their hair and wear long loose-fitting clothes.

Since Amini's death, more women have been appearing unveiled in public places, such as malls, restaurants, and shops across the country, in defiance of the strict Islamic dress code.