A 14-year-old girl in Iran was reportedly raped and killed for taking off her hijab at school amid ongoing protests that have rocked the Islamic Republic.
The New York Times reports that the teenage girl identified as Masoomeh was from a slum in Tehran and took off her headscarf at school in protest.
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 Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based watchdog.
The girl later died and her mother, who wanted to report the rape and death of her daughter, has disappeared.
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Her death came amid months of widespread protests in Iran sparked by the death of Jina Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16, 2022.
Amini was in the custody of Gasht-e-Ershad, the notorious Vice Police’s Persian name for “improper wearing of hijab”.
The protests have spread to more than 140 cities and towns. At least 700 people have reportedly died as a result of the government crackdown, including dozens of children.
“In a woman-centric movement, the barbaric, violent regime has used rape as a weapon to further destroy the morale of its people. They have targeted women in court for dancing, singing for showing some hair and now they hurt them in the worst possible way before taking their lives,” said Lisa Daftari, editor-in-chief of the Foreign Desk, in a statement.
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“One wonders where the so-called women’s rights advocates are around the world and why they aren’t doing more for women in Iran. It is absolutely amazing that until last week these brutal dictators sat on the world’s leading women’s rights committees. How long will women in Iran have to endure this brutality before leaders stand up to condemn this regime?”
Peter Aitken of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.