A 14-year-old girl in Iran was reportedly raped and killed for taking off her hijab at school amid ongoing protests rocking the Islamic Republic.
The New York Times reports that the teenager, identified as Masoomeh, was from a poor neighborhood in Tehran and took off her headscarf at school in protest.
The school cameras identified the girl and she was arrested. She was later treated at a hospital for “severe vaginal tears,” The Times reported, citing the Iran Center for Human Rights, a New York-based watchdog organization.
The girl later died and her mother, who wanted to report the rape and death of her daughter, has disappeared.
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His death comes amid months of widespread protests in Iran, sparked by the death of Jina Mahsa Amini in police custody in September. 16, 2022.
Amini had been in the custody of Gasht-e-Ershad, the Persian name for the well-known morality police for “improper use of the hijab”.
The protests have spread to more than 140 cities and towns. Reports indicate that at least 700 people have died due to the government crackdown, including dozens of children.
“In a movement where women are at the center, the barbaric and violent regime has used rape as a weapon to further demolish the morals of its people. They have attacked women in court, for dancing, for singing, for showing a bit of hair, and now they’re being raped in the worst way possible before they steal their lives,” Lisa Daftari, editor-in-chief of the Foreign Desk, said in a statement.
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“It makes you wonder where are the so-called women’s rights defenders around the world and why aren’t they doing more for the women of Iran. It boggles my mind that until last week, these brutal dictators were sitting on the edge of the world. Main Committee for Women’s Rights. How long will the women of Iran have to endure this brutality before leaders step up to condemn this regime?”
Peter Aitken of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.