HRANA News Agency – Defamation and verbal abuse carried by wardens forced Atena Faraghdani, the civil rights activist to go on a three-day-hunger strike. She emphasized that she will start her hunger strike again, if these behaviors continue.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Atena Faraghdani, who has charged with “adultery” for handshaking with her lawyer, after putting this charge on his status, has been continuously under verbal abuse by wardens, and according to her mother, she had been on hunger strike for 3 days.
Her mother told HRANA’s reporter, “This week we went to visit her. Her appearance was messy, and then we realized that she has been on hunger strike for three days without telling us. It is because, after her handshake with her lawyer and false allegation of adultery was added to her case, the wardens continuously verbally abused her, even during her transfer to the hospital. Due to her lymph and blood disease and bad physical condition, a hunger strike is very distressing”.
Atena Faraghdani has complained to this issue and asked for the removal of the allegation from the case.
Her mother called such behaviors a “false allegation”, “illegal and felonious” which has harmed her daughter.
Atena Faraghdani, painter, visual artist and civil rights activist, face “adultery” charge for handshaking with her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi on Saturday June 13, 2015. Her lawyer was arrested as well and transferred to Rajaei Shahr prion which was criticized by many lawyers.
Ms. Faraghdani has been imprisoned since January 10, 2015, and was sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison by judge Salavati. Her charges are “insulting parliament members by drawing cartoons”, “collusion with anti-revolutionary people” and “insulting to supreme leader”.
Atena Faraghdani said last year after two months under revolutionary guard’s detention, that her criticizing paintings were the subject of the interrogation. She is currently kept in women’s ward of Evin prison.