Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Iranian Women Being Stabbed By Paramilitary Basij Forces

Women in Iran are once again being targeted, but rather than acid, they are being attacked with knives- this time in Jahrom, in the southern part of the country. Around 12 or so young women, five of whom were university students, have been stabbed in their hips in recent days.

Of four attackers, only one has been identified, and he happens to be the son of the head of the notorious paramilitary Basij Force in that region. They're the ones who are now the enforcers of the Islamic dress code and conduct.

Mohamad Beheshtifar was identified through recorded footage from a security camera near where he attacked one victim.
Mohamad Beheshtifar’s father is IRGC Colonel Jalil Beheshtifar who heads the Basij force in Ghotbabad district in Jahrom County, south of the city of Jahrom.
This criminal act followed recent protests by 300 students in Jahrom University where students protested against the suppressive measures in the university.
The attacks on university students are also taking place as university students across Iran are expected to take part in the annual protest on the occasion of Student Day on December 7 – known locally as 16 Azar – to demand political freedom in Iran.

Beheshtifar's motive:

The attacker has said he had been motivated to attack after one cleric has said “killing of a Bad-Hejab (improperly veiled women) is permissible” and he has done this to act to “prevent vice”.
The rest here.

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