The news that the lifeless body of 16-year-old Nika Shekarami, who died while protesting the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran, was abducted by the Iranian authorities and buried secretly, created a great controversy. The Iranian state allegedly used the dead bodies of those killed in the protests as “blackmail material” to silence their families.
The news that the body of a 16-year-old young girl who lost her life in the protests that started after the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran was “stolen” by the Iranian authorities and buried secretly created controversy.
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in Tehran last month after being detained for not wearing a hijab properly, sparked protests across the country. While many people lost their lives in the demonstrations, thousands of people were detained.
A news about 16-year-old Nika Shekarami, who lost her life in the demonstrations, created a great controversy. According to the news of BBC Persian, Iranian security officers “stolen” the lifeless body of the young girl from her family. Sources told the BBC that the Iranian authorities, who abducted Nika’s body, which her family planned to bury on Monday, secretly buried the young girl in another village, far away.
Nika Shekarami disappeared during the protests she attended in Tehran on September 20, and her family found the young girl’s body 10 days later in the morgue of a detention center. The 16-year-old girl stated in her last message to a friend that the police were following her.
The grieving family, who decided to bury the young girl in their hometown of Huramabad, was shocked by the disappearance of their dead body. In the end, it turned out that the security forces kidnapped the girl’s body and buried it secretly in the village of Vesiyan.
While the incident caused a great reaction on social media, hundreds of people in the village of the family protested the abduction of the young girl’s body with anti-government slogans. During the demonstration, slogans of “Death to the dictator” were chanted in reference to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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It was reported that the aunt of the young girl was also detained in the raid on her house due to social media messages about the incident and was threatened with death.
According to the BBC’s report, the Iranian state uses the dead bodies of those who died in the protests as “blackmail material” to silence their families.
It has been learned that the lifeless body of 22-year-old Hadis Najafi, who was shot dead in a demonstration near Tehran on September 21, was not delivered to his family either. The young woman’s family said they were threatened by the police and forced to say that Hadis Najafi died of a heart attack.