Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme spiritual leader, has called the poisoning of school-aged girls an unforgivable crime. It was the first time he spoke about it.
In Iran, hundreds of girls have been taken to hospital in recent months, presumably after being poisoned. Meanwhile, the chief judge of Iran emphasized that violating the dress code remains a criminal offence.
Death penalty. That punishment hangs over the perpetrators of the suspected poisoning of the Iranian schoolgirls. Or that is what the Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei is already arguing for. If it turns out that the students were indeed poisoned, it will be an “unforgivable crime,” he said.
It is the first time that the Ayatollah has spoken out about the poisoning. He could hardly help but speak out against the suspected crime, especially now that more critical voices are being heard. On Saturday, angry and concerned parents protested in the capital Tehran and other cities. At the courthouse, the demonstration degenerated into anti-government protests.
Despite the tremendous public outcry, the chief judge of Iran has reiterated that girls who violate the Islamic dress code will be punished. In addition, Ali Pourtabatabaei, an Iranian journalist who regularly reported on the poisonings, was also arrested by the Iranian authorities.
According to various reports, at least 400 school-going girls have fallen ill since November. They all show similar symptoms: leg pain, breathing problems, and nausea …
Although the suspected poisoning of college students has been happening for some time, Iranian authorities only acknowledged the problem a few weeks ago. According to the Iranian ministry, the girls are being poisoned in revenge for their role in the protests and because “some want to close girls’ schools”. The poisoning has already been reported in at least 50 schools across Iran. A judicial investigation is underway.