Iran Still Shaken By Protests

Questions Many, Answers Rare

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Questions Many, Answers Rare

Iqbal Ahmed

Iran is currently witnessing protest and anger since the death of Kurdish women over allegations of she being tortured over not adhering to the Purdah rules.
Whole country of Iran is burning currently in the fires of protests after death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman from the north-western city of Saqez, who died in the hospital , after spending three days in a coma.
The details of the episode are both horrific and gut wrenching. She was visiting the capital Tehran with her family when she was arrested by morality police, who accused her of violating the law requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab and their arms and legs with loose clothing. She collapsed after being taken to a detention centre to be “educated”.
There are horrifying reports that officers beat Ms Amini’s head with a baton and banged her head against one of their vehicles.
This one death has lead to series of deaths in the protests following this brutality. The questions are many but answers very rare.

Women Say They Feel Suffocated

Women in Iran now since decades are feeling suffocated and opining that their choices and freedoms, also the all important decision powers are being snatched away. Worldwide, Hijab being forced on women or taken away from women are both injustices of same nature.
The reality of presnt times remains that every nook and corner of Iran is currently protesting the death of Mahsa Amini and her death has become symbol against the tyranny not just faced by the women of Iran but the women of World.

Death Penalty For Other Protesters

The Iranian government has also hanged Majid Reza Rehanward in a public place. Mohsin Shikari was hanged on December 12, four days after his execution. Majid Raza also stopped people from praying and grieving to stay his death sentence. He told people to celebrate and enjoy music, on his death.
According to ABC News, his death sentence was executed two days after the sentence was pronounced and two weeks after the trial began.
Majid Raza’s mother was allowed to visit him the night before his execution, but she was not informed of his early execution.
Authorities charged Majid Raza with fatally stabbing a Basij official on November 17. Before the court hearing, the state media also aired videos of Majid Raza’s forced confession.
In a video circulating on social media, the executioner can be seen asking Majid Raza for his last words before the execution.
Majid Raza was blindfolded and asked, “What have you written in your will?”
“Don’t pray, just celebrate and play music,” he replied.

Instilling Fear In Public

Abbas Milani, an Iranian-American historian, academic and author, says the reality is that the government interviews everyone minutes before they execute them and forces them to talk, in order to instill fear in the public.
They said that Majid Reza represented everything that would increase the hatred of the Iranian government for the Iranian people who risked their lives for freedom.
Naseem Papaiani of Amnesty International says the Iranian government uses the death penalty for so-called crimes, including consensual sex between adults.
“Many times when people are arrested and interrogated, they are systematically denied access to lawyers,” he said. They are then tortured into making false confessions, after which these coerced confessions are aired as propaganda videos on state television.
During the trial, the same forced confessions are relied upon as evidence to convict them.

Need To Listen To Voice Of Humanity

The Need of the hour is that Iran listens to the voice of humanity and stops suppression of the masses ,and they given freedom.
Iran is facing humiliation over the treatment to especially women and minorities.
Just few time back, Islamic Republic of Iran was the first UN member ever to be expelled from the prestigious Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), tasked with protecting women’s rights and promoting gender equality.

Other Nations Registering Protest

In response to Iran’s crackdown on protests, following the death of a young woman in police custody, Tehran’s four-year term on the CSW came to an end on December 14 after the adoption of a resolution introduced by the United States, with 29 members voting in favour of the resolution, eight against, and 16 abstaining.
Many countries are boycotting Iran internationally and refusing or canceling its Minister’s visit to their countries over cruel treatment of protesters.
It is learnt that Baghdad-mediated diplomatic talks between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia have come to a halt, largely because of Tehran claims the Sunni kingdom has played a role in alleged foreign incitement of the mass anti-government protests underway in Iran, multiple Iraqi officials said.
One hopes Iran takes the path of wisdom and ensures freedom and dignity to all.

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