Three Iranian female prisoners attempted suicide in the past ten days in the notorious Qarchak women’s prison near Tehran.
According to the report by the Human Rights News Agency, one of the women, identified as 33-year-old Monireh Bahrami hanged herself with her ‘chador’, a cloak-like veil, in a prison restroom and passed away. She was suspected of being infected with the coronavirus. Bahrami was arrested 3 months ago was kept in a state of limbo in prison. She committed suicide to escape the pressures of prison, especially the horrid conditions of Qarchak prison. She was also terrified of being infected with COVID-19.
Two days before this, another prisoner, who was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Amin Abad of Tehran, committed suicide and died. The identity of this prisoner is still unknown at the time of this report.
Around ten days ago, another unidentified prisoner attempted suicide by swallowing chemical depilatory powder. She was taken to the prison infirmary and after being treated, was returned to the ward.
Female inmates at Qarchak Prison have committed suicide in the past due to prison officials’ abusive behavior, inappropriate conditions of the prison, and mental pressure.
Qarchak Women’s Prison located on the Tehran-Varamin Highway, holds approximately 2,000 women and some children.
Last August, around 200 women at the prison wrote a letter to a Tehran Prison official detailing horrid conditions at the prison.
According to the women, some prisoners had taken to injuring themselves, a harmful way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger, and frustration while others were taking handfuls of tranquilizer pills to deal with their emotional stress.
Most recently, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert was transferred to the notorious prison.