Imprisoned, Beaten and Raped in Prison: Fleeing Iran to Live

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Imprisoned, Beaten and Raped in Prison: Fleeing Iran to Live

Parmida Mehdipuor, a 19-year-old student, was until earlier this year a resident of the city of Ahwaz in southwestern Iran. Sentenced to six years in prison for demonstrating several times without her hijab, she fled the country a few weeks ago. Here is his disturbing story.

Parmida fled Iran.

” My life, like that of many people, is in danger. That's why I can't reveal where I live. – Parmida Mehdipuor

Warning : this text contains a passage where it is question of torture and sexual assaults, which could shock some readers.

Despite what she has lived and the fear that still inhabits him, Parmida speaks with an assured tone. I feel bad for my country, she says, explaining why she dared to take to the streets like thousands of other Iranians after the suspicious death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the police. morality police for improperly wearing the Islamic headscarf.

Parmida demonstrated several times, without hijab and dyed hair. In Ahwaz, she had even inherited the nickname of protester with red hair.

Parmida is reviving its life away from Iran.

In general, I am not afraid of anything […] From the beginning, I said to myself that I am not facing humans. I am faced with beings without humanity. They can do anything with me.

The authorities noticed her and she was arrested in mid-October. They suspected me of being a very politically active person. They took me back to the detention center of the Ministry of Information and Security.

She will eventually be incarcerated for 14 days. His face darkens, his voice pauses, emotion rises. Every day, before the interrogation, they undressed me. I was blindfolded, my hands and feet tied. They interrogated me for hours […] When I was asked to write my confession, I had nothing to write, so they tore up the paper and put it in my mouth.< /p>

Since the death of the young Mahsa Amini last September in Iran, the wind of anger and freedom has become more discreet. A report by Jean-Sébastien Cloutier

During her detention, she says she was sexually touched and raped. A man tried to kiss me, but I spat on him. He hit my head on the ground several times and he punched me. During the rape, I started bleeding from the anus, it did not stop it. Then he left leaving me like that. A woman came into the room, dressed me and I was taken back to solitary confinement.

In four months, according to the UN, more than 14,000 people have been arrested in Iran in connection with the protests. International organizations speak of 18,000 prisoners. Allegations of ill-treatment in prison are piling up and include the torture and rape of women, but also of men. A few young demonstrators were even hanged; photos circulated.

Parmida says she was abused until her last day in detention: My hands and feet were tied. Someone pushed me and I fell hard. My head smashed on the ground and I thought I had a split skull. I said to myself: “Parmida, this is the end”.

Parmida, since she fled Iran, has been looking for a welcoming land.

At the end of October, she was released on bail instead. But two months later, her lawyer tells her that her trial took place without her and that she has just been sentenced to six years in prison. Parmida packs her bags, rushes to the airport and leaves everything behind.

“I feel guilty because I am still alive and there are many other young people who have been killed and executed. I owe them a debt. »

— Parmida Mehdipuor

Interview with Mahnaz Shirali, sociologist and political scientist specializing in Iran, on the Iranian government's crackdown on young protesters.

She shares her story to raise awareness about the ongoing repression in her country. Also in support of the movement of those who, like her, have the courage to denounce. The future of this movement, in my opinion, is very bright. And soon, there will be better days for this rich and grandiose country.

She believes, like 99% of the people around her, according to her, that the authoritarian regime in place will lose power.

In the meantime, Parmida is looking for a country that can accommodate it in the long term. She hopes one day to return to Iran, but today she is alone with her memories and the mission she has given herself.

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The report by Jean-Sébastien Cloutier is broadcast on the show Le Téléjournal with Céline Galipeau< /em> at 10 p.m. on ICI Télé.

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