Target: Nasser Keshawarz, Shiraz City Chief of Police
Goal: Fire and punish police officers who allegedly beat and detained teenage girls because their jeans were torn.
A young girl was allegedly beaten and detained by police because she was wearing torn jeans. According to the victim, who remains unnamed due to fear of reprisal, police pulled up and began forcing her and her friends inside the van while they were out celebrating her 14th birthday. When the teenagers tried resisting, the victim said that two male officers and two female officers began beating them. The girls were reportedly forced to sign written pledges stating that they wouldn’t wear the jeans anymore and that they would abide by the strict “modest” dress code of Iran before the police would release them. The victim said she still has the bruises on her face and that her ribs still hurt from the beating. The victim’s mother, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, told reporters that the male officers even threatened the young girls with pepper spray while the female officers hit the girls and pulled their hair.
This isn’t an isolated case of police brutality. There have been many similar cases where police officers have been accused of physically assaulting women on the streets for no other reason than their clothing. This is a disgusting violation of human rights that needs to be stopped before more innocent women are harmed and traumatized. Please sign the petition below to demand that the police officers who did this be fired immediately and punished, if found guilty.
Dear Mr. Keshawarz,
A group of teenage girls were reportedly beaten and detained by police because their jeans were torn. According to one of the victims, they were forced to sign pledges agreeing to abide by ridiculous “modest” dress codes before police would release them. The young victims were reportedly hit, forced into a van and even threatened with pepper spray by two male and two female officers.
There is no excuse for the brutal behavior displayed by the officers in this case. These ridiculous dress code laws have nothing to do with serving and protecting the people, and it must be stopped. That is why we’re calling on you to set an example, starting with this case. We, the undersigned, demand that the officers involved in this disgusting assault on innocent, harmless young girls be fired and punished immediately if found guilty.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Hamed Saber