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Iran-Provincial Military Commander: A number of boys and girls were apprehended in two night parties
- Published: Tuesday, 18 March 2014
The Provincial Military Commander of Mazandaran (northern Iran) reported on the arrest of a number of boys and girls in two mixed-gender night parties.
The Mehr news agency reported on March 16 quoting Massoud Jafari: “Once the Police Moral Security agents got tipped on a night party, they entered into action and apprehended a number of boys and girls. In the inspection conducted on this villa, some alcoholic beverages were discovered and the culprits were handed over to the judicial authorities and sent to prison. During the investigations it was found that most of the arrestees were from cities of Tehran and Rasht who had been invited by the owner of the villa through the internet.”
This military officer added: “Also last week, the agents were tipped on a mixed-gender party in the city of Sari (northern Iran) where they were playing music and boys and girls were going there. A team of officers entered into action and apprehended four boys and thirteen girls in this party and sent them to prison.”
At the end he warned: “Parents should employ a better supervision over their children, especially the youth, and if they want to go to a party, they should accompany them to the place.”
In similar raids to parties on various pretexts and mostly because of the mixed-gender charge, a number of the participants are arrested. In a similar case in Mashhad (northeastern Iran), in a raid by the security forces on a house, the hand of one of youth who was attempting to get away was broken and he was subsequently sent to prison.
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