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Iran's War On Fun

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

A woman in the Iranian city of Mashad has become the latest victim of Iran's longest standing and most unconventional war -- the war against fun.

The young woman, whose name and age has not been disclosed, jumped to her death over the weekend of September 24-25 from the sixth floor of a building. The apparent reason? -- escape from a raid being conducted by security forces against a mixed-gender party she was attending. Fun mixed with fear of arrest and charges proved to be a deadly cocktail.

Hadi Ghaemi from the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran believes Iranian authorities are to blame for her death saying, "These raids by security forces and police to people's homes are clear human rights violations and attacks into people's private lives."

Sadly, the Mashad woman's fate is not unique.

Precise figures are unavailable, but Ghaemi says there have been numerous cases of young people who have been killed while trying to escape police forces at party raids.

Lashed For Mingling

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Iran's War On Fun

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