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Iran journalist says she was assaulted during arrest

Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP

PARIS: An Iranian journalist who interviewed the father of Mahsa Amini said she was sexually assaulted during her latest arrest and was now on hunger strike in prison, according to an audio message published on Wednesday by several Persian media outlets and rights groups.

Nazila Maroufian, 23, has been repeatedly targeted by the Iranian authorities since she published an interview with Amjad Amini, whose daughter died in custody on Sept 16, 2022, sparking months of protests.

Rights groups have accused the Iranian authorities of stepping up an already intense crackdown to prevent the upcoming one-year anniversary of Amini’s death being marked by new protests. Maroufian, who rights groups say has now been arrested four times in recent months, was most recently detained in Tehran on August 30.

“I was sexually assaulted in a situation where I was in the worst possible state,” she said in the audio message from Tehran’s Evin prison published by media outside Iran including Iran International and Radio Farda as well as the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) and Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Maroufian, who is from Amini’s hometown of Saqez in Kurdish-populated western Iran, said in her message that she was now on hunger strike to protest her situation and that of all women who are subjected to violence in police stations and prisons.

“This strike is for me but is also for all the women in dire conditions in Iran,” she said in her message, which appeared to have been recorded during a phone call to her family which also shared pictures of bruises she allegedly sustained in the assault.

Reports earlier this week said she had also been jailed for one year on charges of “spreading propaganda” against Iran’s Islamic system. After previous releases, Maroufian has defiantly posted pictures of herself without a headscarf in defiance of the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women.

1- Header image: After previous releases, Maroufian has defiantly posted pictures of herself without a headacarf in defiance of the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women. — AFP

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