Acid attack, honor killing, and suicides take toll on Iranian women

On March 16, 2019, an Iranian official website reported an acid attack on a woman in Tehran.

According to the state-run website, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a masked man sprayed acid on a woman in the Tehransar area. The 38-year-old woman who is a deputy in one of the girls’ high schools in Punak, was heading to the high school on the morning of the acid attack. According to the physicians at Motahhari Hospital in Tehran, due to the acid attack, the woman has a 5% burn on the face area and one of her eyes has seen the most damage. (The state-run Davat Online website – March 16, 2019)

Honor killing in Kermanshah Province: A man hanged his wife in Sonqor city on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The young woman, Maryam Mohebi, had two children. After returning home, Maryam was faced with her husband’s insults, harassment, and abuse as to why she was late and subsequently hanged by her husband only because she was home late.

In another incident, a 17-year-old girl, Yasra Fathi, hanged herself and ended her life in Javanrud, Kermanshah Province, on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Also, in Zeynabad, a district in Dehloran, Ilam Province, after a dispute with her father, a 16-year-old teenage girl, Zaynab Azadi, shot and killed herself with her father’s gun on February 18, 2019, while her father was in the bathroom.

According to a report from Urmia, recently in March, a mother who was not able to buy some meat for her children due to poverty, hanged herself in front of them.

The mother, whose children had not eaten meat for a few months, went to a butcher to buy some meat but, with the amount of money she had, they would not sell any meat to her. A man who witnessed this scene bought some meat in order to help her and followed the woman to her house. He knocked on the door of the house and told the child who opened the door, “Call your mother, I have an important thing to tell her”. However, the little child tells him, “Uncle, my mother is swinging!” When the man goes into the house, he sees that the deprived woman had hanged herself.