A 23-year-old girl contacted me, a medical professional, for advice. “I’m not afraid they’ll kill me,” she said, referring to the torture and rape endured by men and women in Iran’s prisons. is what to do for me what medicine should i take to end it [if I’m caught at the protests]As a doctor, I vow to save a life, but in this situation, saving a life could mean giving a 23-year-old some suicidal advice. I took a deep breath and cried.
The largest women’s rights movement of the century is currently taking place in Iran. It began with the brutal murder of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman Gina Amini by morality police. Amini was beaten into a coma for wearing her hijab “inappropriately” and died two days later, an event that marked a turning point in Iran where both women and men tolerated the violence of their oppressors. died. Many people think exercise is just wearing a hijab, but it’s so much more.
Why did the Iranians rise up against their government? Iranians have a “Westernized” mentality. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution when dictator Khomeini came to power, women had many of the same freedoms as men. Under Khomeini’s rule, however, the regime’s focus became the destruction of human rights and the targeted oppression of women. Suddenly it became illegal to listen to music, dance, sing, go to concerts and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. were forbidden to participate in They lost all legal custody of their children, the right to divorce, and the right to travel abroad without their husband’s or father’s approval. They became sex prisoners and were forced to live under guardianship. Moreover, participation in these “illegal” activities became punishable by flogging, imprisonment, and/or execution, with imprisonment being the most heinous forms of punishment, including endless solitary confinement, torture and rape. Accompany.
The brutality of the regime is unimaginable. Under their rules, it is illegal to execute a virgin girl. She is therefore raped on the eve of her execution. In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, the Revolutionary Guard said: [that] Night than the execution that awaited them. [During the rape], they always fight back.Along [the] In the morning, the girls will have an empty look. They seemed ready or wanted to die.
The Supreme Leader’s theological text, Tahrir al-Wasirah, condones and promotes horrific acts, including pedophilia. It explains what you can and can’t do with girls under the age of 9. Study of this text is required and tested before admission to university. Fortunately, the liberal minds of these young people’s parents have largely prevented the regime’s attempts to brainwash them.
Immediately after the 1979 revolution, the government executed 30,000 people. These executions have continued for the past 43 years, with at least one prisoner per day being executed. These prisoners include artists, journalists, athletes, lawyers and activists who have spoken out against the regime. The Iranian people are held captive in their own country, and the Islamic Republic has killed and displaced its brightest minds in a failed attempt to thwart the revolution’s chances of success.
What was happening in Iran during this women’s rights movement? Iranians, especially young people in their teens to 30s, are peacefully protesting. The courage of the young people was very moving, especially when the Islamic Republic was using brutal means to try to silence them. kidnapped, raped, and killed by driving military vehicles over victims. The regime has already murdered over 500 of her people (including 69 children) and imprisoned over 18,000. Many of those released die within 48 hours of a deliberate overdose of intravenous acetaminophen given before discharge. These deaths are recorded as “deaths by suicide”.
In prison, prisoners endure the most brutal torture imaginable. This includes regimes that abuse rape as a tool of power to oppress victims. This crime is committed regardless of sex or gender. One of his teenage boys said he and his friend were electrocuted and raped because of a protest. Her queer 16-year-old Nikka Shahkarami was captured and after she endured similar torture and violations at the hands of the regime for 10 days, she was thrown from a building to her death. Her funeral was held on the day of her 17th birthday.
The brutality of this regime is constantly evolving in terrifying ways. They began public executions of protesters by hanging. Two 23-year-old men were executed last week. Individuals such as Doctors Without Borders doctor Dr. Aida Rostami have been kidnapped and tortured to death to treat injured protesters. Her remains were found with broken limbs, a traumatic skull, and empty eye sockets. The administration claims she died in a car accident.
The Islamic Republic has committed grave human rights abuses, with reports of more than 400 documented deaths explaining the regime’s acetaminophen overdoses and decades of “silent executions.” You can’t. These continue without acknowledgment or press coverage. The death toll is also underestimated because victims’ families receive death threats when they talk about killing their loved ones. The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was beaten and killed by the regime this week was kidnapped shortly after speaking out, and she is still missing.
Montreh Tavakkoli is a Fellow in Hematology and Oncology.