Twelve women, including five university students were stabbed in their hips by the Iranian regime’s agents in the city of Jahrom. The attacks were carried out on November 23 and 25, 2014 following rallies by 300 University students protesting repressive policies on campus.
One of the attackers is a 22-year-old Basij member, Mohammad Beheshti, who is the commander of the Basij forces in the nearby city of Ghotb Abad. His father is a Revolutionary Guard. The nights prior to the attack, he fired his pellet gun to the windows of one of the dormitories…
The stabber said that he was under the influence of a speech delivered by a cleric saying “spilling the blood of an improperly veiled individual is permissible”. In the initial interrogations he had said his sole intention was to fight against improper veiling and to this end, only women and girls were targets that did not abide by the full Islamic hijab codes.
Iranian regime officials have attempted to portray the entire story as an isolated and self-motivated event. On November 30, 2014, state-run Asr-e Iran website cited Fars Province governor Seyed Mohammad Ahmadi as saying, “The stabber of women in Jahrom is suffering from personal and sexual disorders.” State-run Tabnak wrote that “Beheshti Far’s father turned his son in after learning of his crimes.”
Following the stabbing attacks, Jahrom students refused to attend their classes in a sign of protest, demanding the elements behind the attacks be arrested, put on trial and punished.