MEK Iran: Pouran Najafi and her Story of Endurance and Love
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has been paying tribute to some of the most inspiring and courageous martyrs of the Iranian regime. In a tribute to Pouran Najafi, we learn about the obstacles that she faced and her sheer determination and resistance that has inspired many women in Iran.
Pouran from the city of Rasht
Pouran was born in 1963 in the city of Rasht. She was 15 years old when the anti-monarchy revolution took place and was a 17-year-old student at the Conservatory of Mechanical Engineering when she first took part in the political scene.
She was thrown in jail for five years, simply for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). When she was released in 1987, her determination was stronger than ever and she amplified her resistance activities.
Pouran died on 9th February 2013 in Camp Liberty. She and her campmates were attacked by missiles that the Iranian regime ordered its mercenaries in Iraq to carry out.
Pouran book about her time in prison
She wrote a book about her time in prison in which she explained that the mullahs could never tolerate political activists, and certainly not female ones. She said that women face much more oppression from the regime than men do and that she has “not been able to find the appropriate words to accurately express the extent of what women and girls go through under the clerical regime.”
When she was arrested by the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in August 1981, she was put under severe torture – both psychological and physical.
During her trial when it was announced that she was to be condemned to death, Pouran shouted out in defiance. The judge proceeded to take his shoe off, throwing it at her, hitting her on the head.
Pouran resistance in jail
Authorities tried and failed, to test her resistance in jail. They would “use every excuse to punish” the political prisoners, she explained. The guards even admitted to the prisoners that they tried to do everything they could to make them comply, but to no avail.
The political atmosphere meant that her death sentence was commuted to a five-year prison sentence. Upon her release in August 1986, Pouran drew attention to her experiences and immediately joined the (PMOI / MEK Iran) in Ashraf.
New image of resilient Iranian women
In the tribute, the Women’s Committee of the NCRI wrote that during Pouran’s “25 years of uninterrupted struggle, she demonstrated a new image of resilient Iranian women: A woman who had been involved in the struggle against dictatorship since her teens and had devoted all her life and energy to the cause of her people’s liberation and happiness of Iranian women.”
Her two and a half decades spent in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty are a testament to her strength and determination to face up to all adversities. She lived through a series of inhumane blockades and conditions that could only be described as horrific. Yet, despite all of this, nothing could “wipe the smile off her face”.
Pouran Najafi avait protesté et déclaré : C’est cela votre islam et votre charia ?” En entendant cela, le juge de la charia avait enlevé sa chaussure et la lui avait jetée à la tête en criant : “qu’on l’exécute !”
— Un petit prince au pays des mollahs (@AhmadRaouf1343) February 9, 2021