Suicide among women in Iran claimed another four lives last week.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, a 16-year-old girl, Mahshad Zaki, daughter of Massoud, hanged herself in the city of Sardasht, West Azerbaijan Province.
On the same day, Parvin Miraki, a 17-year-old girl from Javanrud, Kermanshah Province (western Iran), hanged herself and ended her own life because of the pressures in her life.
Shahla, another young woman from Tehran, ended her life on Saturday, August 11, 2018, by drinking a substance that she poured in her juice. She was only 31 years old and lost her life on the way to the hospital. (The state-run Young Journalists Club – August 13, 1397)
More than 3,300 women committed suicide in Iran last year. The shocking new figures on suicides in Iran was revealed for the first time by one of the deputies of Iran’s Ministry of Sports and Youth. In light of the Iranian regime’s lack of transparency and the government agencies’ failure to accurately register the data, this figure must be considered only part of the existing reality. On women’s suicides, he said, “In the whole country, the rate of attempted suicide in women was about two thirds, and one third in men.”
Accordingly, the rate of suicide among women was 3,300 cases in the period of only one year, which amounts to 9 women per day.
Increasing pressure and restrictions on women in Iran and numerous obstacles for women’s employment and social activities have led to widespread depression and despair among women and culminated in a high rate of suicide among women. Women’s suicide rates in Iran are the highest in the Middle East.