Iranian women committed suicide after being abused in prison

Iranian women committed suicide after being abused in prison

Published by on February 23, 2017

A young engineer girl from Kermanshah committed suicide after being released from a two day detention. According to reports she was sexually abused in the detention centre of the Intelligence Ministry.

Mahdis MirGhavami ended her life immediately after coming out of the detention of Kermanshah Intelligence Bureau in January. The news of her suicide, however, leaked out on Wednesday, 22 February since her parents were warned and told to remain silent about the incident.

Mahdis MirGhavami, an engineer from Kurdish decent, was summoned to the Intelligence Bureau on Tuesday, 24 January and was then jailed for two days.

The young engineer committed suicide by taking aluminium phosphate poisoning tablet.


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