Hadis Najafi, a symbol of women’s resistance against the religious tyranny ruling Iran
Hadis Najafi was born on January 5, 2000. She had a diploma in fashion design and worked as a cashier at a restaurant in Mehrshahr, Karaj.
On the night of September 21, 2022, at around 8 p.m., she was shot at least six times by live ammunition and pellets in the face, neck, and chest by the repressive forces of the Iranian regime in Eram Boulevard in Mehrshahr, Karaj. She died in the hospital and her body was covertly buried at night.
Hadis Najafi has three older sisters and one younger brother. After her death, Hadis’s mother said: “My daughter came home from work hungry on the night of September 21, but before eating her dinner, she went to participate in the protests of Mahsa Amini’s death. She left the world hungry.”
The regime’s repressive forces insulted her family in the hospital and said that their daughter ran away from the hospital. But someone in the hospital told them, “Your daughter has been killed and her body is in the morgue.”
On Friday September 23, the family managed to get their daughter’s body through an acquaintance. In Hadis’s death certificate, the cause of her death is stated to be the use of military equipment of war and being shot by a bullet.
However, some eyewitnesses who took Hadis Najafi to the hospital told her family that she was alive until she was taken to the hospital, but the repressive forces locked her in the back yard room of the hospital and warned the medical staff not to treat her. This led to the death of Hadis.
After Hadis’s death and murder, her family was pressured and beaten by the security forces to do a forced television interview. They also drugged and pressured Najafi’s father, asking him to say that his daughter died due to the fear of bullets or because of a heart attack.