A Child Laborer Gang-Raped and Killed

Posted on: October 28th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Eleven Afghani workers kidnapped, gang-raped and murdered a child laborer in a region known as Pardis in the city of Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran.

According to a report by Shargh Newspaper, on Saturday, October 22, 2011, an anonymous caller contacted the police and reported this crime.The caller provided the police with the address of a building under construction in Pardis neighborhood and informed the law enforcement that a child’s body had been abandoned in the basement of this building.

Agents from Police Station 207 in Tehran were immediately dispatched to the scene of this crime where a blood trail led them to the body of a young boy who was tied to a wooden post.Following this discovery, the Special Homicide Prosecutor was notified, and investigators were assigned to the case.

In the basement of this building, investigators also discovered women’s clothing and have concluded that there might be other victims involved.So far, no other bodies have been found.

Further investigations have revealed that the individual guarding this building was an Afghani worker called Ghadier.He has reportedly escaped, and efforts to find him are ongoing.

The young victim has been identified to be a fifteen year old boy called Saeed.His father had reported him missing four days prior to the discovery of the body.Saeed’s father had also received an anonymous phone call about the murder of his son and told the police, “Because of financial problems, my son worked to help paying our expenses.Every day after returning from school, my son sold vegetables on streets.There were no problems until Tuesday night when Saeed didn’t return home.So we called the police and asked Basij Militia for help.Agents started searching for my son but didn’t find him.Since then, we had no news of him until someone called my cell phone and gave me the address of a building under construction.The caller said my son’s body was there.”

Investigations have revealed that an eyewitness had seen Saeed on Tuesday night.This eyewitness told the police that he had seen a few Afghani men first talking to Saeed and then forcing him into a building under construction.At the time, police agents were unable to locate the right building and had searched another location by mistake.The police had also arrested a few Afghani men, but they were released since there was no evidence against them.

After discovering Saeed’s body, the police interviewed the eye-witness again and found new clues resulting in ten new arrests.The suspects have confessed to kidnapping and gang-rapping Saeed and have told the police that he suddenly lost consciousness and died.The suspects also claimed to have wrapped Saeed’s body in a blanket and hidden it in the basement of the building.

The medical examiner has declared the cause of death to be gang-rape.Meanwhile, Ghadier remains at large, and the manhunt for the guard continues.The police is also investigating the possibility that other murders might have occurred in the same location since women’s clothing were discovered there.

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Baluchi Teenager Exiled & Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Posted on: September 24th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been sentenced to 5 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan Province.He is a Baluchi teenager arrested by Iranian Intelligence Agency in order to force his oldest brother to return to Iran.Abdol Rahman, Mohammad’s brother, fled the country in 2009 fearing for his life after he refused to be the Intelligence Agency’s spy amongst Sunni scholars and Baluchi tribes.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi was arrested when he was 17 years old and has been in prison for over a year in the Intelligence Agency’s detention center and the central prison in Zahedan.The Revolutionary Court has sentenced him to 5 years in prison.He must serve this prison term in exile.

One of Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi’s brothers has reported that Mohammad must spend 5 years in Ardabil Prison away from his family and their residence.The city of Ardabil is in northwestern Iran in Ardabil Province while Zahedan is a city in the south east part of the country.Because of the long distance between two locations, Mohammad will be practically denied visits from his family at the age of eighteen.

During the past year, Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has also been denied the right to attend school.His only crime is being related to his brother who is outside the country.Iranian Intelligence Agency has threatened Mohammad’s family multiple times with executing him if his oldest brother doesn’t return to Iran.

Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi is one the youngest prisoners arrested for political reasons by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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17 Year Old Alireza Mullah Soltani Hanged

Posted on: September 21st, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Alireza Mullah Soltani, born in December 1993, was hanged at 5:30am after the death sentence verdict in retribution for the murder he had committed was read.

According to a report by The Islamic Republic news Agency (IRNA), in retribution for the murder of Ruhollah Dadashi, Alireza Mullah Soltani was sentenced to death by Alborz Province Criminal Court, Branch 1.This verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court, Branch 11 and confirmed by the Head of Judiciary.

The hanging took place in front of thousands of spectators in Poneh Street, 50 yards from where the murder took place.

In recent days, human Rights activists have objected to executing a 17 year old minor and criticized the Islamic Republic of Iran for killing underage criminal offenders.Iran is amongst a small number of countries that executes minors although it is a state signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The state-run Fars News Agency reported that Alireza Mullah Soltani’s feet slipped twice when he was climbing the stool to face the gallows.He was crying loudly before he was hanged and asking for forgiveness while calling his mother and Shi’a religious figures’ names.

After the execution, Ali Rezwanmanesh, the representative of the Judiciary present at the time of hanging, told news reporters, “According to Sharia, Alireza was not a minor because in Sharia, the lunar calender in which years are shorter is used.”

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428 Boys & Girls Under 15 Married in Golestan

Posted on: September 6th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – The Director of Civil Registry in Golestan Province has announced that from March to August 2011, there have been 11,198 marriages registered in this province.Among these nuptials, there were 14 boys under 15 years of age, 414 girls under 14, and two children under 10.

According to a report by Mehr News Agency, Seifollah Abutoraby added, “There have been 15,327 births registered in Golestan Province compared to the same period of time last year when 14,880 births recorded, showing 3% growth.This total includes 7,955 boys and 7,327 girls, giving a ratio of 108 males to every 100 females.”

The Director of Civil Registry in Golestan Province reiterated, “According to the law, births must be registered within 15 days.Since 99% of all births are normally registered within 10 to 15 days, people are doing what is expected of them and obeying the law.If parents fail to register the birth of their child within the allotted time, they will be prosecuted.”

Seifollah Abutoraby said, “From the total number of registered births, there are 44.8% births in urban areas and 55.2% in rural regions.”

The Director of Civil Registry in Golestan Province added, “Death statistics indicate that from March to August 2011, there were 10,229 deaths registered.From this total, 6,840 deaths occurred prior to this period of time.Since the beginning of the current [Persian] year, there have been 3,389 deaths.Comparably, there were 3,418 deaths last year during the same period of time.Death statistics by gender include 57% men and 43% women.”

Seifollah Abutoraby pointed out, “Marriage and divorce statistics during the first five months of the current [Persian] year included 1,129 divorces with 81% of divorced women under 30 years of age.”

 

Kindergartens Teaching Dance Will be Shut Down

Posted on: August 15th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Ahmad Esfandiari, the head of Welfare Department, has said that kindergartens teaching children how to dance will lose their operating permits.

According to a report by Aftab News, Ahmad Esfandiari referred to some of the programs offered by kindergartens as “secular” and “immoral” and called a number of children’s programs aired on various television channels as “unacceptable.”

The head of Welfare Department added that his organization was seeking to implement religious teachings in kindergartens and would strive to be more active in promoting “Quranic preschools and mosques’ kindergartens.”

 

Mohammad Pooya, Another Victim of Child Abuse, Died

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, Mohammad Pooya who was a victim of child abuse succumbed to his wounds and died in Tehran’s Bahrami Hospital.

According to a report by Jame Jam Newspaper, Mohammad Pooya’s family took him to the hospital claiming that their four year old son became unconscious after using crack cocaine.Hospital staff began their efforts to save Mohammad’s life right away until it became known that this child was the same victim who was brought to the hospital in mid March.During that visit, the family also claimed that their son had used crack cocaine, and after a few days at the hospital, Mohammad was released to his family’s custody by court order.

This time, however, the parents were arrested and interrogated to determine the facts.During the questioning, Mohammad’s parents blamed each other for the accident until his mother told the authorities that her husband was a drug addict who force-fed Mohammad crack cocaine in order to calm him down before the father could use drugs with his friends.

Because of the statements made by Mohammad’s mother, both parents were locked up behind bars, and Mohammad’s body was transferred to the coroner’s office for further investigations.

Since last month, Mohammad Pooya is the third victim of child abuse who has died.Two other children, Barbad and Parsa, died earlier.

 

The Third Victim of Child Abuse in a Month

Posted on: May 21st, 2011

HRANA News Agency – While the horrific news of two child abuse cases in a month are still fresh in the minds of general public and not yet forgotten, a three-year old boy has become another victim of domestic problems between his parents.  The eight-year old Haniyeh and the four-year old Nima were the other two victims earlier this month.

 

ISNA News Agency has reported that this time, another mother is howling over the burned body of her three-year old son who isn’t likely to survive according to the attending nurses because 70% of his body is burned.  The child’s father has confessed to the crime, and it is believed that he set Barbad on fire to threaten and force his wife to continue living with him.  However, the role and effects of narcotics such as crystal meth in this incident must not be overlooked.

 

After visiting Barbad in the hospital, Shirin Sadr Nori, a social activist with the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child, talked about the incident and said, “Barbad’s father who is addicted to crystal meth has been suspicious of his wife for a while.  Problems between two parents escalated to the degree that Barbad’s mother, Mina, decided to leave her husband and moved to her father’s house.  According to Mina, her husband threatened to harm Barbad when he contacted her several times to ask her to return.  Before the incident, Barbad’s father contacted one of his neighbors and was willing to return Barbad to his mother for $5.00.  Mina made the arrangements for this exchange through the neighbor and took custody of the child.”

 

Referring to the father’s drug addiction and abnormal psychological condition, Shirin Sadr Nori added, “Barbad’s father went to Mina’s house while there was no one except Barbad’s grandmother home.  By resorting to force and threats, the father took Barbad from the grandmother and put the child in a room.  The father then set Barbad on fire by first pouring gasoline over his entire body.  When Barbad’s grandmother heard the child’s cries and screams she went to the room and came face to face with her grandson’s body consumed in flames.”

 

Pointing out that the father is currently hospitalized in Shahid Madani Hospital because 50% of his body is also burned, Shirin Sadr Nori further explained, “According to the garandmother, the father, Mohammad, then embraced his child in an attempt to comfort Barbad when the child began to cry.  For this reason, the father also caught on fire and as a result was injured.”

 

Shirin Sadr Nori believes that the father didn’t intent to burn himself and only was injured because he attempted to embrace Barbad.  Finally, the neighbors called the police and together with the grandmother’s efforts, the child was transferred to Shahid Madani Hospital in the city of Karaj.

 

Referring to the father’s drug addition, Shirin Sadr Nori added, “Barbad’s aunt and mother have confirmed that the father is addicted to crystal meth.  I am certain that this addiction has played a role to bring about what occurred.  Barbad’s mother intends to seek legal help from the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child and will retain an attorney through this organization.”

 

Shirin Sadr Nori has also reported that Barbad is in critical condition.  His skin has been burned entirely such that it is not possible to attach an IV to his body.  Additionally, since his lips have been burned, liquid containing nourishment and medicine is given to him through his nose cavity.

 

Barbad is the third victim of child abuse in the recent weeks.  According to the experts, addiction to narcotics and not knowing how to deal with children are two main reasons for which parents abuse and harm their children.

 

A Father May Kill His Child Without Facing Retribution

Posted on: May 20th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Dr. Mostafa Eghlima, the head of Academic Association of Social Workers in Iran, has announced, “The second abused child whose case captured the attention of the public in the last few days was transferred from Mofid Hospital to Amina Nursery.  After a two-day stay at this facility, the child was released to his father in compliance with the judge’s order.”

 

In an interview with Dadna News Agency, Dr. Mostafa Eghlima added, “It is true that according to the law, a father can take the custody of his child at any time with a court order.  By law, even if a father kills his child, he faces no retribution.  However, the law also requires a father’s mental and psychological health to be confirmed by the Medical Examiner before placing the child in his custody.  At first, all the factors which have brought about child abuse must be identified and resolved, and the only group that is qualified to do so is the Welfare Organization.”

 

The head of Academic Association of Social Workers in Iran said, “Has the Medical Examiner confirmed the parents’ psychological and ethical competence before the judge’s order was issued?  Were the documents certifying the parents’ mental and emotional health ready?”

 

Dr. Mostafa Eghlima continued, “No help was given to this child.  There is always the possibility that after returning home, the child will face more punishment for reporting her parent’s abuse and causing problems for them.”

 

Pointing out that in the last month, child abuse cases have increased, Dr. Mostafa Eghlima added, “These are only the cases that social workers have stumbled upon accidently.  Otherwise, there are dozens of other cases that we fail to notice.”

 

Criticizing the emergency division of State Welfare Organization, Dr. Mostafa Eghlima said, “What is the use for establishing the phone center to report child abuse?  When a child contacts the center to report that his father has beaten him, but less than one week, the child is returned to the same father, we haven’t solved this child’s problem.  Instead, we have added to it.”

 

Dr. Mostafa Eghlima explained, “If the State Welfare Organization had supported Haniyeh Zamani’s mother, perhaps, she wouldn’t have to marry a drug addict because of poverty, and today, this child would have another life and future ahead of her.”

 

Dr. Mostafa Eghlima pointed out, “Right now, the government has the custody of abused children and plays the role of a father.  The cost to support a child isn’t $30.00 per month but amounts to $400.00 per month.  How come the government can pay more than $600.00 every month to lock up a thief in jail but can’t afford paying the expenses to take care of these kids?”

 

At the end, Dr. Mostafa Eghlima added, “If we continue on this path and don’t address these issues, social problems increase every day.  We know only about these three cases of child abuse because they have been reported by the media.  There are tens of other cases in the community without being identified.”

 

An Eight Year Old Girl Severely Tortured by Her Stepfather

Posted on: April 19th, 2011

 

HRANA News Agency – An eight year old girl is now in the hospital as a result of atrocious abuse and torture at the hands of her stepfather.

 

Dr. Kamran Aghakhani, forensic expert at Rasool Hospital, announced the news and in an interview with Mehr News Agency said, “This eight year old girl was transferred by the emergency division of State Welfare Organization to the burn and reconstruction unit of Motahari Hospital last night.”

 

Mentioning that he is also the expert in Motahari Hospital, Dr. Kamran Aghakhani further explained, “Unfortunately, due to multiple fractures in both head and arms, we were forced to transfer her to Motahari Hospital.”

 

In describing the status of this 8 year old girl, Dr. Kamran Aghakhani said, “We witness child abuse a lot, but her condition is not comparable to others.  The degree with which she has been abused and tortured is beyond words.”

 

Referring to two fractures in her head and forearm, the forensic expert added, “There were visible signs of flogging and cigarette burns all over her body such that there wasn’t a spot left unharmed.  She told us that she lived with her mother who is a drug addict and her stepfather, and she wasn’t feed anything for four days.”

 

Emphasizing the importance of disseminating the news of such tragic and painful abuse, Dr. Kamran Aghakhani said, “I ask the media to react to such child abuse and also request from the authorities to deal with the offenders severely.”

 

Referring to two fractures in her head and forearm, Dr. Kamran Aghakhani explained that in order to heal her burns and fractures, she was examined thoroughly, and x-ray images were taken.  He added, “The situation is so tragic that no one can believe what has happened, and you can’t say the person who has abused her has any human traits.”

 

This girl who lives in the south part of Tehran has been transferred by the emergency division of State Welfare Organization to the hospital.

 

 

Catastrophic Situation of Working Street Children

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010

HRANA- Investigative research done at Beheshti University on Iran’s street children shows that these children suffer from a multitude of physical and mental health problems.These children often have very poor reading and writing skills, communication skills, and are underdeveloped emotionally.

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