have always been a popular form of punishment, in Islamic Republic. Usually
meted out on young people or on adults for having sex outside of marriage,
or for consumption of drugs or alcohol.
What was this women's sin?
A fervent nationalist, Dr. Darabi initially supported the 1979 so called revolution. She was one of two women who met with (on the time) the new prime minister, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, to present a list of women's demands.
Like many Iranians, she believed Khomeini's promise that after the Shah was deposed the exiled cleric would return to the holy city of Qom and leave government to the secular politicians. Instead, he established an Islamic Republic that has stripped women of almost every right they had obtained in the previous decades.
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Self-Immolation in Tajrish Square, Tehran