A senior official of Iran’s judiciary has ordered to investigate the reports of rape and sexual assault of inmates in prisons countrywide.
Last month, international media reported sexual assaults on Iranians arrested during nationwide protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.
The judiciary’s Mizan Online news website reported, “Vice president of the judicial authority for international affairs and secretary of the High Council for Human Rights, Kazem Gharibabdi, has asked the country’s prosecutor general to carry out a thorough investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and rape of some inmates.”
Judiciary spokesman Massoud Setayeshi condemned the false libellous claim of sexual harassment against female detainees.
On December 8, Iran’s prison denied sexually assaulting women in its facilities and threatened to charge those who made such claims.
Iran had been facing unrest ever since the death of Mahsa Amini a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman on September 16 just after her arrest for allegedly violating the state’s strict dress code for women.