The Horror of Femicide In Iran

Marjan Greenblatt

July 9, 2020, 9:28 p.m.

As we publish this piece on our blogpost, we are shattered by the horrific news of yet, another act of violence. Ten-year-old, Hadith Orujloo was strangled by her father, Hossein Alef, for speaking out too much. Like Romina Ashrafi’s father and husbands of Hajar Hosseinbor and Fatemeh Barhi, Hossein Alef will likely face minimal punishment in a “justice” system that treats men and women as unequal entities. In such systems, femicide must be viewed as a microcosm of a country where repression is a daily norm, when one group oppresses another. In this hierarchy of power and repression, a father kills his daughter for expressing herself “inappropriately;” a dissident is executed for opposing the leadership; a satirist is handed a death sentence for insulting the prophet. The cruelty and injustices are explained and justified by a fringe interpretation of the law, religion or morality.  
Every day, people of Iran are fighting against repression by simple acts of existence. Their position in the frontline puts them at great risk of dangerous consequences that they could face. Therefore, it’s incumbent upon those of us in free societies to not stand idly by and to act as allies and partners by echoing their voices and demanding freedom and justice for all.  Read more on Newsweek 

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