It was said that the brutal treatment will continue in order to force the poverty-stricken families to pay by any means necessary.

The Iranian Education Department has threatened these students with expulsion if they do not completely deny the flogging took place.

The Ministry of Education is extorting the money under the guise of stationary expenses, taking a roll call of the students and even using the pretext of a gift to the school.

This is one of the main reasons that children leave school early, especially in deprived areas but it can also have much more dangerous effects.

A 12-year-old boy in Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province, committed suicide in 2015 because he was unable to pay the ‘gift’ to the school. He was in sixth grade.

Soheila Sadeq, the chairwoman of the Education Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has denounced and condemned this horrific measure against children.

She said: “The mullahs’ inhuman regime is inherently criminal and thrives on torture and flogging. Moderation of the religious fascism ruling Iran is a mirage when it spends billions of dollars of the Iranian people’s assets on [the] export of war and terrorism to the region and carnage of defenseless children and women in Syria and particularly in Aleppo. Inside Iran, it does not have any qualm in plundering people even by whipping the delicate bodies of girl children.”

She continued: “So long as the Velayat-e Faqih regime is in power, the Iranian children will live in poverty and destitution, suffer from various deprivations and they will be suppressed and tortured. The only cure for these pains is the unity and solidarity of all strata of the nation to overthrow the mullahs’ religious tyranny and establish freedom and democracy in Iran.”