An Iranian woman rides a bicycle during the weekend in the capital Tehran, on September 10, 2021. (AFP)
October 15, 2021
The security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
aided in the release of a man who reportedly shot three young women in the back while they were riding bikes in the city of Isfahan in August.
Persian language media outside of Iran reported on Wednesday about the alleged Iranian regime misconduct.
The US government outlet Radio Farda reported that “According to the mother of one of the shot girls, the officers first asked them not to leak the news so that they could find out which person or group did that. In less than 48 hours, the accused is identified and arrested; a 35-year-old man, according to the victims. However, according to the family of one of the victims, the security officials advised not to sue him, and at the hospital when they settled the bill, they said that if you want the hospital to pay the cost of the hospital, you have to consent.”’
Al Arabiya Farsi wrote the alleged suspect “was arrested with the help of security forces in 48 hours, but was released on bail in less than a month. Shargh newspaper wrote in a report that a man shot several women and at least one man in Isfahan on Thursday, August 19. Three young women were shot in the street and all three said they were shot in the back with a rifle, apparently a hunting shotgun, so that they had to go to medical facilities. “
Al Arabiya added that “While attending the hospital, one of the families found out that at least five people had been hospitalized for this reason. The report states that the bad behavior of the shooter’s family, on the one hand, and the history of such violence in Isfahan, on the other, led several families to seek legal attention to the incident” in the media.
Sheina Vojoudi, an Iranian dissident who fled to Germany to escape persecution, said that the ”Basij attack civilians on the streets, especially women, if according to them the women don’t have a proper hijab. No one in Iran can do something like that and be released on bail except when they are allowed by Khamenei to fire at will or Basij or somehow related to one of the Islamic Republic’s organs. When there is a private complainant, it is impossible to be released without their consent. Only someone related to the regime can commit a crime like this and then force the complainants to consent.”
is a para-military force of young and fanatically pro-Iranian regime men.
Vojoudi added that “In a speech on June 7, 2017 [Ali] Khamenei [The Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran] gave full power to his supporters to act ‘independently like they are in a battlefield, fire at will.”’
She noted that Khamenei said, “Sometimes key think tanks and cultural and political institutions fall into disarray and stagnation, and when that happens, commanders of the soft war should recognize their duty, make decisions and act in a fire at will manner.”
Radio Farda reported that “In recent years, many women have been arrested by the police or attacked by other groups for failing to comply with the law on compulsory hijab in Iran. The most famous case being the acid attack on women in Isfahan. In September of 2014, after some religious figures in the city of Isfahan called for confronting the ‘unveiled,’ several motorcyclists in the city sprayed acid on the faces of girls and women. Since then until a few years later, judicial and security officials repeatedly spoke of pursuing the case and trying to arrest the accused, but in July 2018, the lawyer for the victims of the Isfahan acid attacks announced that the case would be closed without finding the accused or defendants. The victims of this incident have been paid from the fund of the Beit al-Mal by court order.”
Beit al Mal is an Arabic phrase and means “House of Wealth” and provided compensation for the injuries to the women who suffered acid attacks.
In 2014, an EU parliament lawmaker statement noted that “acid attacks against women have occurred again in Iran; this time at least twelve young girls have been attacked in the city of Isfahan. The attackers’ motives are supposed violations of the female dress code in Iran, which requires women to cover their hair in public with a veil. All of the victims were young women who were driving with their veil down; one of them has lost an eye and has very serious burns all over her body.”
Separately, an Iranian opposition Telegram news channel reported that Iranian Vice President Mohsen Rezaee warned that Iran will take action against “The 10,000 Jews living in Iran” if Israel “makes a mistake.” The Middle East Media Research Institute on Tuesday posted a translation of the threat targeting Iranian Jews.
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