Suicides in public in Iran are meant to send a message of protest and a cry for attention. (IranWire)

December 25, 2020

In the past month, at least 22 Iranian Kurd citizens committed suicide in various cities in the Kurdistan region in western Iran. Eight of them were under 18 years old.

According to the Hengaw Organization, the suicides were committed by 12 men and 10 women. The minors included five girls and three boys. Most of the suicides were carried out due to family problems or poverty.

The report said that five of the suicide cases were carried out in Ilam, three in Kermanshah, six in Kurdistan and eight in West Azarbaijan.

Two people committed suicide by taking pills, one person jumped off a building, four people self-immolated to end their lives, while 15 people hanged themselves.  

Poverty and Iran’s increase in suicides

Before this, in late October, a 32-year-old mine worker self-immolated in northern Iran in protest to being laid off. Saber Behboudi sustained burns on 90% of his body, and later passed away in the hospital.

Iran’s deteriorating economy, high prices and poverty have led to an increase in Iran’s suicide rates even among children. In October alone, several children committed suicide from poverty, and lack of access to smartphones for online classes.

Sixty million Iranians live under the line of poverty due to the regime’s systematic lack of supervision over the economy, an Iranian economist said on September 20. Speaking to Tabnak, a website affiliated with the regime, Ibrahim Razaghi said “the most important threat to Iran was extreme poverty, widespread unemployment, the inability of many people to pay their rent, and that the rich were getting richer.”

“There are currently 30 million unemployed people and 60 million people live below the poverty line,” he said adding that the economic situation was “very bad.”

According to state-run media, more than 19 million Iranians live in 3,000 slums and make up the 20% of Iran’s urban population.

INW

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