Forced Marriages are Major Factor in Suicides, According to NCRI Women’s Committee Report
The suicide rate among young women in Iran continues to rise as social and economic conditions in the country deteriorate. Although a number of factors are responsible for the increase in deaths, recent reports indicate that forced marriage is a major cause of suicide. Women lack legal support in these marriages, creating a lack of options.
The NCRI Women’s Committee reported on the recent suicides of young women in Iran. Their report is summarized below. The women described took their own lives during the last thirty days because they felt they had no other choice. Their stories are all too common under the mullahs’ regime. The MEK is committed to fighting for a free Iran where women have choices other than suicide or forced marriage.
— NCRIWomen'sCommittee (@womenncri) June 17, 2019
- Kimia Sheikhani; 19; June 15, 2019: Sheikhani fled to her father’s home after a fight with her husband. She then hanged herself.
- Golpari Amiri; May 31, 2019: Amiri’s suicide also took place after a fight with her husband caused her to flee her home.
- Sara Esmaili; 17; May 31, 2019; Pasveh village, Piranshahr: Esmaili committed suicide to avoid forced marriage to a relative.
- Unnamed; June 15, 2019; Fajrabad village, Oshnavieh: No details were released about this woman or her method or reason for suicide.
- Unnamed; 20, June 15, 2919, Gorgavi village, Oshnavieh: The suicide victim in this report was married, but no other details were released about her death.
Several young women died last month after intentionally overdosing on rice pills. This is a common suicide method in Iran.
- Souma Khedri; 19; June 5, 2019; Kiyouleh village, Baneh: Khedri took a fatal dose of rice pills to avoid a forced marriage to a relative. Her family refused to release her body to the Coroner, possibly to avoid having her death ruled as a suicide.
Another four women committed suicide last month using rice pills.
- Kajal Mahmoudi; 21; May 29, 2019; Urmia;
- Mahin Mohammadi; June 1, 2019; Abdanan;
- Zahra Sharifi; 25; June 11, 2019; Ilam;
- Shiva Khosravi; 29; June 14, 2019; Paveh.
Jumping off Buildings
- Unnamed: May 30, 2019; Mashhad; A woman died after jumping from the topic a building on Amouzegar Boulevard. She, like many Iranian women, was struggling under the weight of financial pressure.
- Unnamed; 34; May 22, 2019; Tehran; A mother jumped from a four-story building with her six-year-old son. Both died.
- Kobra Assadi; 20; May 29, 2019; Assadi committed suicide by setting herself on fire.
Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi has created a ten-point plan for women’s rights in Iran as part of her larger plan for Iran’s democratic future. Her plan ensures that women will not only have the freedom to make their own choices but will also have equal representation in government. The ten points are:
- Fundamental freedoms and rights
- Equality before the law
- Freedom of choosing one’s own clothing
- Equal participation in political leadership
- Equality in the economic sphere
- Equality in the family
- Prohibition of violence
- Prohibition of sexual exploitation
- Repealing Mullahs’ Sharia laws
- Social benefits
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) February 25, 2016