Women’s rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz describes beatings and humiliation in Qarchak
Women’s rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz has revealed that during her detention in prison, she was subjected to unethical mistreatment and beatings by prison agents.
Women’s rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz has stated that prison officials ordered her to strip completely naked for them to take photographs, and they treated her inappropriately and disrespectfully. The inhumane violence described by Ms. Keshavarz has been shared in a tweet thread.
In the tweets, she explains that after her arrest and transfer to Qarchak prison, prison agents in the camera room demanded that she strip naked to take photographs. Ms. Keshavarz asked for the unjustifiable reason behind this demand, and in response, the agents said that it was intended to instill fear in detainees.
The women’s rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz added that the agents had undermined her dignity and integrity by forcing her to strip naked. She described that at that moment, she placed her hands over her body, and the agents ordered her to remove her hands and sit with her legs open.
Furthermore, Ms. Keshavarz added that the prison agents inspected her private parts to ensure she did not hide a small mobile device. This unethical and demeaning act by the prison agents demonstrates the level of abuse and violence within Qarchak prison.
Women’s rights activist Mojgan Keshavarz was arrested in 2019 for participating in protests against the mandatory hijab. She was detained after distributing flowers among women in the metro on International Women’s Day. She was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison.
This report by Mojgan Keshavarz highlights that the issues and abuses experienced by women political and civil prisoners in Qarchak prison continue to persist.
Given the evidence presented by Mojgan Keshavarz and similar testimonies from other prisoners, the international community, human rights organizations, and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran should pay attention to this issue and take necessary actions to protect human rights and ensure the well-being of female prisoners in Qarchak Prison.