Friday, September 4, 2009

Rape in Mullahs’ Prisons

Since the inception of the Islamic regime in 1979, rapes of political prisoners in Iran have increasingly been committed and decreasingly reported. Many courageous victims have recently revealed their rapes. However this time, for the first time, Mehdi Karrubi, the losing candidate of the recent June controversial election, surprisingly revealed that both male and female detainees of post-election protests have been systematically subjugated to vicious rapes.

After the conquest of ancient Persian by Arab Muslims in 644, thousands or millions of Iranian females were raped, enslaved, and transported as war trophies to be sold on slave markets in Arabian territories. The Persian word “Tajovoz” does not only mean “rape” by which a man seized or stole a wife, but also means destruction and occupying of own environment by invaders. In a belief system that a passive nine – year - old girl can be raped by her “husband”, rape, as an extension of such a patriarchal society’s control over females, was introduced as the most hideous, shameful, and submissive embodiment in the culture of occupied Iran. Since the occupation of Arab Muslims, Iranian women, who once equated with their male compatriots, have been since viewed as possessions of first their fathers, and then of their husbands. In the case of rape, they were more subjected of blame and shame than their rapists.

Female rape
Shortly after the 1979 revolution, many intellectuals, political activists, and sympathisers of leftist opposition were arrested and a number of them were summarily executed. Virgin prisoners were raped before being executed. The reason is that according to IRI interpretation of Islamic laws, killing of a virgin woman is prohibited because her soul does not go to Hell after death. To solve the dilemma, the night before the execution, the virgin is married (raped) by one of the guards. Such a rape, before execution is however different from the usual rape committed by interrogators as a tool of torture to obtain information, confession, or simply to humiliate the prisoner.

Male rape
The rape of a male victim typically consists of forced penetration of the anus by a penis or other object as is reported by some Iranian rape victims. Because of traditional self sensor, male rape has until recently remained unreported in Iran. It is believed that man in a patriarchal culture should be emasculate, strong and able to protect him self. Therefore, nothing can be worse for a proud man than being raped. Young men who have survived the post-election rapes are now suffering from rigorous psychopathological injuries. Rape of male prisoners in the Mullahs’ jails has resulted in serious damage of the inner organes and depression. Since male victims feel shame to identify themselves, they avoid medical treatment unless the victim is physically injured.

It is believed that religious permission of rape including male rape of “opponents of the Islamic regime” has been recently given by Ayatollah Mesbah - Yazdi, the monitor and guru of president Ahmadinejad. Islamic authorities usually deny that rape is being committed in their prisons because they fear facing the response of the inner and outer public opinion.

In an interview at the Jamkaran gathering after the revelation of rape in the Mullah’s prisons, Mesbah-Yazdi was asked, “can an interrogator rape the prisoner in order to obtain a confession?” He answered, “The necessary precaution is for the interrogator to perform a ritual washing first and say prayers while raping the prisoner. If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present. If it is a male prisoner, then it’s acceptable for someone else to watch while the rape is committed.”

Zahra Bani Yaghoub, Azar Al Cana'an and Roya Toloui, are among the female prisoners who were raped and murdered in previous years under the same Islamic regime. Additionally, at least two recent teen female victims of the post-election oppression in Iran, Taraneh Mousavi and Saeedeh Pour Agha’i, were documented by the media as being burnt in an attempt to cover up the hedious crime.

To shed light on Mesbakh -Yazdi’s permission of rape, It is believed that in numerous offensive raids called “Ghazawat”, early Muslims, under the Prophet, attacked “infidel” tribes; they killed men, robbed their properties, and took whichever females they wanted, raped them, and then brought them to their tribe as their possession. Tolerance of such brutalities may not be the general belief of all Muslims and might be regarded as myth; however these are the mindsets of the brutal Islamic regime which occupies Iran and commits such crimes.

In an ultimate psychological analysis of rape, rapists seem to come from a subculture of violence whose values may be different from those of the dominant culture. A rapist is often a poorly educated man from the lower socioeconomic level who had a criminal record of offences. Therefore such a man may be demonstrating his toughness and masculinity in a more violent and antisocial manner, but in the case of a rapist of the Mullahs’ prisons, this is not the dominant factor.

Rapists of the Mullahs’ prisons are not necessarily the psychopathic and antisocial torturers, but most likely are “good” Muslims, married men, and even can be kind fathers. They are just following the “divine” guidance of the Islamic regime and do not consider raping as a crime, and do not feel remorse after the assault. These sexual “offenders” are not accountable for their sexual assault because rape is allowed or tolerated by Islamic clerics of the regime.

Rape in the Mullahs’prisons is not an individual decision of an interrogator, as one may commenly believe; it is a systematic process due to a belief system and for promoting a political agenda. In the Mullahs’ prisons, rapes are often planned. The primary motive for rape is not sexual. They regard and believe in rape as a routine duty, due to its acceptance by Islamic clerics like Ayatollah Mesbakh -Yazdi. With that in mind, their act of rape is not merely a question of psycho-criminology, but a justified crime.


  1. Thanks Jahanshah for this article. I guess you need to correct one section.

    You mentioned "Virgin prisoners were raped before being executed. The reason is that according to IRI interpretation of Islamic laws, killing of a virgin woman is prohibited because her soul does not go to Hell after death" you got this part wrong...according to Islamic Sharia…a virgin woman (executed, stoned or any other way that she get killed) will go to heaven so in order to make sure these women will go to hell, and somehow to take away this Islamic privilege from virgin women, IRI agents would force them to sleep with them night before execution.

  2. - continue

    IRI agents call it marriage but we know it is far from that.

  3. Thank you for your comments. The horrible nightmares you read here are behind any imagination of the civilised world.

  4. Jahanshah, I read my comment again and it looked very funny. Just forget what I wrote above, thanks.

  5. Dear Fariborz,
    your comment is a part of big truth.

  6. Well, but you already write in your article but I misread it. sorry

  7. wish we could do sth for them.
    the mullas are really cruel and crazy.

  8. when they come out of prison, they are mentally damaged, if not insane, and financially collapsed, their life is even lower than rock bottom.

    It is beyond imagination what they go through in prison and what they will go through afterwards.