Prison Authorities Cut Off Water to Qarchak Female Prisoners

After cutting off electricity and gas in Qarchak Prison in Varamin, prison authorities also cut off the female prisoner’s water and denied them food.

During telephone calls with their families on Sunday, February 10, 2019, the female prisoners reported that since Thursday, February 8, 2019, Qarchak Prison authorities have cut off water and denied food to the prisoners. According to some of the prisoners, female prisoners are suffering from a lot of health problems, and the wards are also becoming colder.

The prisoners also told their families that 25 inmates have been transferred to solitary confinement in Qarchak.

Since the day they protested, female prisoners of Qarchak prison have been denied food. The prisoners have gathered what food they had left and given it to the “mothers’ ward,” where prisoners who have children are being kept.

After the female prisoners in wards 1 and 2 of Qarchak (Shahr-e Ray) Prison of Varamin tried to raise awareness that one of the prisoners needed medical care, the security forces responded with violence, firing tear gas and pepper spray.

Prisoners set fire to their beds and bed sheets in order to neutralize the effects of the pepper spray and tear gas fired in the closed area. However, the prison authorities used a fire engine to extinguish the fire while women were still trapped in their ward. They subsequently cut off the electricity and gas inside the ward and let the prisoners remain in the cold weather after being drenched by the fire engine. Despite inhaling large amounts of pepper spray and tear gas, the prisoners were left unattended until the morning.

The attack continued until Friday, February 8, 2019, and the prison guards, who were all male, severely beat and injured the prisoners.

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, forty female prisoners from Qarchak Prison in Varamin, were violently transferred to Ward 240 of Evin Prison by prison officials, while their heads were covered with sacks.