According to official statistics, in Iran, child and teen suicides account for seven percent of all the country’s suicides. Though, like many stats provided by the government and its apparatuses, this number is likely a fraction of the real number of child suicides under the ayatollahs’ rule.
Iran is ranked as one of the youngest populations across the globe. However, the country’s young generation see no inspiration and glorious future due to systematic suppression and mismanagement, which have placed the country on the brink of collapse.
There has been no day without heartbreaking news about a new suicide among youths and juveniles. Unfortunately, in such circumstances and regarding the daily deaths due to the coronavirus, this drama has become a routine. At the same time, many citizens prefer to die rather than live under the heel of the theocratic regime and its murderous Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
According to human rights activists and dissidents in the past three days, at least five teenagers have lost their lives due to suicide:
Sixteen-Year-Old Boy Committed Suicide in Tehran
On December 12, at 7:00 am, a 16-year-old boy jumped from the rooftop of a five-floor building in the capital. According to a police report, he had no problem with his family.
Iranian state-run media tried to link the event to a challenge-game called Murmur. “The boy was in morally healthy state. However, the police had discovered that the boy was playing Murmur before committing suicide,” media outlets reported.
Nevertheless, they denied that systematic suppression robbed happiness, hope, and inspiration from the young generation. Furthermore, the state-run media did not admit to authorities’ restrictions and superstition that banned teenagers and juveniles from health entertainments and recreations.
Seventeen-Year-Old Girl Lost Her Life to Self-Immolation in Urmia City
Additionally, on the same day, 17-year-old Zahra Esmaili, daughter of Rasoul and from Bavan village, died due to severe injuries of self-immolation at a hospital in Urmia city, northwestern Iran.
According to media reports, a few days ago, she had set herself ablaze. Her family transferred Zahra to a hospital, and she was in intensive care. However, she finally died of her severe injuries.
Fifteen-Year-Old Girl Died of Self-Immolation in Kurdish Region
On December 13, the Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw.net reported that 15-year-old Ronak Azizvand had lost her life to self-immolation in Urmia’s Kurdish region on December 11. According to the rights organization, she had to marry at the age of 14. Following the pressure practiced by her husband, she decided to end her life, and unfortunately, she succeeded.
Twelve-Year-Old Boy Committed Suicide with a Pistol in Tehran
According to human rights news agency Hra-news.org, a 12-year-old boy committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Primary investigations showed that some while ago, the boy’s parents were divorced, and he was living with his father, a doctor, in Sa’adatabad district.
“At the time of the accident, the grandmother of this student was in the home. She narrated that her grandson went to his room, and after a few minutes, she heard the sound of a shot. The grandmother immediately went to the boy’s room and found her grandson’s lifeless body,” police’s report added.
Before his tragic death, the boy had turned on his camera and explained his motivation for suicide. “I’m tired from this life, and I cannot continue my life,” he had recorded these words with the camera, then ended his life. He also left a handwritten note which displayed his reason.
Seventeen-Year-Old Boy Hanged Himself in Abadan City
According to Rokna news agency, a 17-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself in Abushanak village near Abadan city, southwestern Iran. The Iranian Arab minority consists of the majority of this region, who endure additional pressure and discrimination on behalf of the religious fascism.
Arab-language people in these regions played a crucial role in nationwide protests, and they are exposed to systematic suppression under bogus allegations. They also scramble with severe economic dilemmas and rampant poverty despite residing in the oil-rich Khuzestan province.