Another teenage girl dead at hands of Iran’s security forces, reports claim

In private message groups, schoolgirls across Iran said they were planning protests at the weekend to show solidarity with Esmailzadeh and Nika Shakarami, the 17-year-old schoolgirl who went missing on 20 September and was also allegedly tortured and killed by Iran’s security forces. Despite claims that Shakarami was beaten and raped, and that her body was stolen from her family and buried without their consent, Iranian officials said Shakarami had also killed herself by jumping from the roof of a building.

Reports are emerging of the death of another teenage girl at the hands of security forces in Iran, as protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini looked set to enter their third week. Sarina Esmailzadeh, a 16-year-old who posted popular vlogs on YouTube, was killed when the security forces beat her with batons at a protest in Gohardasht in Alborz province on 23 September, according to Amnesty International.

Citing a primary source, a statement by Amnesty International also claimed that Esmailzadeh’s family had been subjected to “intense harassment to coerce them into silence”, claims denied by Iranian officials.

Today, as news of Esmailzadeh’s death spread on social media, Iran’s Isna news agency reported that the chief justice of Alborz province said that a preliminary investigation had shown the teenager’s death was suicide after she jumped from the roof of a five-storey building, and that Esmailzadeh had a history of mental health problems….