Iran: Security forces suppress memorial for tortured and murdered doctor Ayda Rostami
The 40-day memorial for Dr. Ayda Rostami was attended by the people of Gorgan despite a brutal assault by security and agents in plainclothes. People gathered in Gorgan’s Imamzadeh Abdullah cemetery on Friday, January 20, 2023. However, the repressive forces of the clerical regime attacked and brutalized them, arresting several participants. In this way, they were able to avert Dr. Ayda Rostami’s memorial service. Her brother was among those arrested in the cemetery, according to social media reports.
Every protester injured during the protests is not taken to a hospital. They stay at home and request a visit from a trusted doctor. Dr. Ayda Rostami was one of these doctors who saw patients in Tehran’s Ekbatan district, which was a hotbed of protest. She was visiting patients on Monday, December 12, when she realized she had used up all of her bandages and gauze. So, she went to a pharmacy to get some but did not return.
The police station called her family at noon on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. They informed them that Ayda had died the night before in a car accident and that they needed to go to Tehran’s main cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, to receive her body. The Forensics Office was instructed to write “being struck by a hard object” in “an accident” as the cause of death. The authorities refused to show Dr. Ayda’s body to her family, but the family insisted.
The family was shocked to find Dr. Rostami with a smashed face and nose, broken arms, and an enucleated eye when they opened the wrapping. Her lower body was also bruised, indicating the scars of a sexual assault. She had been tortured to death. And the police have yet to show Ayda’s family the location of the accident or her car.
The circumstances surrounding Dr. Rostami’s death outraged the public, prompting the Judiciary to issue an explanation on December 17. According to this explanation, Dr. Ayda Rostami threw herself off a pedestrian bridge after an argument with a man they claimed was her boyfriend.