According to reports from inside Iran on Monday, March 3rd, hundreds of university students in Orumieh (northwest of Iran) gathered in front of the main building of Orumieh University and protested against the death of Sheida Hatami, a Kurdish student at the university. The students chanted slogans against the security and university officials and demanded the perpetrators of this incident be prosecuted.
The body of Sheida Hatami, a 24-year-old graduate student in soil science and biology, was found around noon on March 1st in the girls' dormitory of Orumieh University. The brother of Sheida Hatami says signs of wounds in the head, face and hands of his sister were evident. University officials and security agents have not provided any convincing answer to her family so far.
A family member of Sheida Hatami said: “She was a solemn and graceful girl and she was successful in her academic life.”
The students criticized university authorities, who called the death of Hatami a “suicide”, revealing their efforts to distort reality. Students emphasized that Hatami was murdered and demanded her killer, or killers, be identified. Her parents also reject the notion that their daughter committed suicide. Eyewitnesses who have seen the body of Hatami up close say that based on the nature of her wounds; it is unlikely that she committed suicide.