Sunday, January 26, 2020


A 15-year-old girl from Dishmuk village in Iran's Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, set herself ablaze. She was the mother of a one-year old baby. Under the Iranian regime's misogynistic rule, the 15-year-old girl had been forced to marry. The stated cause of her self-immolation was “family problems.” A woman from Dishmuk says, “The women here are so badly beaten at home that they set themselves on fire. There are also many examples in the surrounding villages.” The reasons for self-immolation are Early marriage, domestic violence against women and girls, poverty and deprivation. According to Mohammad Noroozi-Nia, Director of Dishmuk’s Department of Education, “The rate of self-immolation in women in Dishmuk is high.”He explained, “The main reason that girls in Dishmuk drop out of school is early marriage –  which takes place when girls reach the age permitted by Shari’a law.” (The state-run Tabnak website – May 31, 2019)

Security forces arrested Mary Mohammadi on Sunday, January 12. There is still no information about her situation. Mary Mohammadi, a recent convert to Christianity who's family members have been following up on this case, have come up empty handed.
She participated in Tehran protests about the Ukrainian plane downing by IRGC Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp, on Sunday, January 12. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, including families of the victims of the Ukrainian plane downing, participated in 4 days of peaceful protest.
Gholamhossein Ismaili, a regime judiciary spokesman, said that 30 protesters had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations. In speaking with the media, Mr. Ismaili, a state official, failed to elaborate on the exact number of people arrested, nor for the cause of the detentions (State-run ISNA news agency – January 14, 2020).
However, he did comment on the arrests, saying, “We do not have definitions where there is activity against security.”
Fatemeh Mohammadi (Mary), a student at North Tehran Azad University, was banned from school on December 21, 2019. The Christian compatriot had previously been beaten by the guidance patrol in Tehran on July 9, 2019 and sentenced to 6 months in prison on charges of “Christian activity.”