Iranian security forces stole the body of Nika Shakarami, a teenage protestor from her family and buried her 25 miles away, it has been alleged, as widespread protests continue to rock the country following the death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the so-called morality police.
Nika Shakarami, 16, first went missing after she took part in a demonstration in Tehran on September 20, having told her friend she was being pursued by security forces.
Ten days later, her grief-stricken family members found her body at a morgue in the Iranian capital, but were only allowed to see her face for a moment to identify her before being whisked away, according to a relative.
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, who posted a picture of Nika on social media upon news of her death, alleged her skull was smashed from multiple blows.
Her corpse was finally returned to her father’s home town of Khorramabad at the weekend, but sources close to the family told BBC Persia that the body was later snatched and shipped to the nearby town of Veysian.
The ordeal endured by Nika and her family is just one example of ruthless tactics used by Iran’s security forces to dissuade people from speaking out against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime and the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini.
It comes as stunning video footage from across Iran showed hundreds of schoolgirls removing their headscarves and taking to the streets, chanting ‘death to the dictator’ among other anti-regime slogans.
Widespread unrest was triggered when Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian, was pronounced dead on September 16 after being in a coma for three days following her violent arrest by Iran’s ‘morality police’, who are tasked with enforcing public order and religious observance.
Amini was targeted for allegedly failing to strictly observe the rules on wearing the hijab headscarf.
Her death prompted public outcry and non-stop protests have since raged for three straight weeks.