Doctors who have treated protesters in Iran said they were looking at a difference in type of injury inflicted on men and women by security forces: activists were often shot at in the face, breasts and genitals.
In interviews with GuardianSeveral doctors and nurses who have been surreptitiously treating injured protesters during the months of unrest said it appeared that officers tasked with stopping the protests had been targeting specific body parts of women.
A doctor from Isfahan province, who spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity, said he believed the authorities “wanted to destroy the beauty of these women”.
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Iran has been rocked by violent protests since September 16, when a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini he died murdered in the custody of the moral police after being arrested for using her hijab “inadequately”.
Until now, more than 475 people have died in the riots and more of 18 thousand have been arrested by government forces as part of a brutal repression of the popular movementled by women and girls fed up with the draconian rule of the ayatollahs (religious leader title).
Iranian authorities have reportedly been shooting protesters at close range, sometimes at point-blank range, with pellets made of metal or plastic. The doctors said that the shots in the eyes they were particularly common.
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The Isfahan doctor told the newspaper his experience treating a young woman who was shot in the crotch area with a dozen pellets, two of which had lodged inside her genitals.
Two pellets were a challenge, because they were wedged between the urethra and the vaginal opening,” he said, adding that the patient’s condition left him distraught. “It could have been my daughter.”
Another Karaj city doctor suggested that security forces “shoot women’s faces and private parts of their bodies because they have an inferiority complex and want to get rid of their sexual complexes by hurting these young women.”
There have also been hundreds of reports of blinded protesters by pellets that were shot into their eyes.
Ghazal Ranjkesha student from the city of Bandar Abbas, wrote in a post on Instagram (now removed) who was shot in the right eye on his way home from work.
The last image my right eye saw was the smile of the person who was shooting at me,” he wrote.
The Tehran government has intensified its efforts to end the unrest, which has turned into one of the most serious challenges to the Iranian theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
On Thursday, Iran carried out the first run derived from the protests by hanging Mohsen Shekari; he was seeking the death penalty for 21 other people.
With information from The Guardian.
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