Monday , 28 November 2022

Protesters Clash with Law Enforcement in Chabahar Over News of Teenager’s Rape by Police Chief

Iranwire – Furious crowds gathered again in the city of Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchistan province on Tuesday night after the Friday Imam of a nearby town confirmed their local police chief had raped a 15-year-old girl.

Videos published on social media tonight showed intense clashes between residents and security forces, with gunfire heard in the streets after dark.

People in Chabahar had already demonstrated on previous nights over the killing of Mahsa Amini by the “morality police” in Tehran on September 16 this month.

That incident has unleashed a tidal wave of resentment against the Iranian regime at large, which on the 13th night of nationwide protests showed no sign of abating.

News that a Baluch teenager in their city had also fallen victim to sex-based violence inflamed demonstrations in Chabahar on Tuesday. One group set a police kiosk on fire and outside the governor’s building.

It came after Molavi Abdul Ghaffar Naghshbandi, the Friday Imam of the city of Rask, broke his silence and confirmed he had spoken to the victim after the incident took place in early September.

In a statement, Naghshbandi said: “I know it is my duty, in both faith and conscience, to break this deadly silence so that this aggressor will be punished for his shameful actions.”

Iran International reports that the teenage girl’s family has been put under house arrest to stifle the news from spreading. Last week the family home of Mahsa Amini in Saqqez was similarly under armed guard.