At least 14 young women and girls in Iran have committed suicide and ended their lives in October. At least six teenage girls, 13-17, were among the victims.
Poverty and depression led a 16-year-old girl in one of the villages of Khormoj, in Bushehr Province, to commit suicide on October 7, 2018, by setting herself on fire as a result of which she lost her life.
On October 15, 2018, Raziyeh Rubina, 46 from Marivan in Kurdistan Province, commited suicide by hanging herself.
A 16-year-old girl from Sanandaj, in Kurdistan Province, ended her life by jumping off the Shalman Bridge on October 20, 2018.
On October 21, 2018, a French-language female student from the University of Tehran commited suicide by throwing herself off the multiple-storey building of the municipality’s parking.
Also on October 21, a 13-year-old girl in Tehran hanged herself at home after her family left.
Fatemeh Ghaderi, a middle-aged woman residing in Marivan, Kurdistan Province, commited suicide by self-immolation on October 24, 2018, due to family problems and differences with her husband.
On the same day, Shima Dastan, a young woman from Saqqez, in Kurdistan Province, who was the mother of a young child, hanged and killed herself because of poverty.
On Friday, October 26, 2018, Maryam Jangali, 37, committed suicide in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province. She threw herself off the fourth floor of an apartment building due to the problems she had with her husband.
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, a Kurdish woman by the name of Shermin Ahmadi, from Oshnavieh, set herself on fire and lost her life.
Monday night, October 29, 2018, a 17-year-old girl in Fouman, Gilan Province in the north, committed suicide and died.
Other reports during the past month also indicated three more suicides without mentioning exact dates:
A 14-year-old girl from Jamshidabad, Abadan Province, hanged herself.
Two female students in Tehran also committed suicide.
According to the Statistical Yearbook of the Iranian Coroner’s Office, published in September 2018, at least 1365 Iranian women committed suicide in 2017, i.e. an average of 4 women per day.