Tehran — A young woman in Iran’s capital set herself on fire on Monday after a court sentenced her to a strict six-months jail for entering football Stadium to merely watch a match.
The 29-year-old woman (whose name is hidden) was arrested and was sent to Varamin Prison for six-months of imprisonment in March as she attempted to enter Azadi stadium to watch a football match between her favorite team Esteghlal FC and UAE’s Al-Ain team, IranWire reported.
According to her sister the young woman suffers from bipolar disorder and has been undergoing treatment under the supervision of a specialist for the last two years. But during her stay in the prison her mental illness aggravated.
“My sister lived in terror until she was released on bail,” young woman’s sister told media.
Her sister stated that the woman came to court for the first session of hearings but the judge called off the day and gave another date since his relative passed away. Moved with anger, she poured gasoline and set herself on fire.
Iran is said to have worst laws against women, a book Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi stated that according to the Iranian penal code devoted to blood money or Diyya, the value of woman’s life is half that of a man.
Studies suggest that the Iranian women often face gender-based discrimination and humiliation under the Mullah-regime.