Ameneh Shahbazifard was a 34-year-old housewife with three children, a 4-year-old girl and two boys, 12 and 14.
She was shot in the neck and killed by security forces in Karaj on November 18, 2019.
Ameneh Shahbazifard had left home to buy medicine for her sick child. On her way back, she saw the street clashes and the IRGC forces shooting at the people. She bent down to help a wounded protester but a sniper shot her in the neck from behind.
Ameneh’s family did not know where she was for an entire day. After a day of searching for her, her husband finally identified Ameneh’s body at the forensics lab of the Coroner’s Office in Tehran.
Ameneh’s body was subsequently transferred to Behesht Zahra Cemetery, but when the family referred to receive the body, they were told that the government’s order was to not deliver the bodies who were shot.
Ameneh’s brother referred to the cemetery’s director, who asked for money in order to hand over the body. Finally, they paid 4.5 million tomans (about $400 dollars).
In the death certificate, it was indicated that she had died from a broken skull while in reality, she had been shut in the neck and her head and face were intact.
Ameneh Shahbazifard is one of 400 women among at least 1500 who were killed during Iran protests in November 2019.