IRANIAN WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ATTENDING SOCCER GAME SETS HERSELF ON FIRE
“The 29-year-old is suffering from third-degree burns, and is currently under life support,” said the CEO of Motahari Emergency and Burns Hospital, according to Radio Farda. Sahar reportedly suffered from burns on 90% of her body.
Rokna reported that Sahar’s sister said, “They detained my sister on March 12, 2019, when she tried to enter Azadi Stadium, and watch Tehran’s Esteqlal soccer club home match against the United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain, FC.”
This incident comes almost three weeks after Iran, under international pressure, released a group of women who were arrested for watching a men’s soccer match. The women disguised themselves as men, just as Sahar did, but failed to fool Iranian officials.
Iran has consistently faced international scrutiny regarding its modesty laws. According to the Telegraph, Iran says that women watching men’s soccer promotes promiscuity.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) brought the women’s case to light, calling on Iran to lift the ban and release the women. HRW’s Director of Global Initiatives, Minky Worden said that “Iranian women should not be spending a second in prison because authorities accuse them of peacefully attempting to defy a ridiculous ban that denies women and girls equal rights to attend a football match.”
Read more at: The Jerusalem Post
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