By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Sunday, 8 May 2016
Through the course of this week Tehran residents witnessed three suicides in three different areas of the Iranian capital.
On Saturday an image of an elderly man who hanged himself from a bridge in Tehran’s Mirdamad Avenue was posted on social media.
To this day no official entity has made any comments about how this man died. The deceased man was between 50 to 60 years old, according to eyewitnesses, and according to the orderly suit he was wearing it appeared he was a member of the middle class.
The unprecedented method used in this suicide made this incident become viral in social media.
As the discussion was ongoing about the abovementioned suicide case, news reports showed a 47-year-old man had thrown himself off the third story of Tehran’s Milad Hospital. This individual had referred to the medical facility while suffering from extreme abdominal pain, ‘Shargh’ daily wrote. However, hospital officials and staff refused to allow him into the hospital, telling the patient he first has to deposit 3 million rials (around $95) into the hospital’s account to be allowed into the facility. This illness, Ali Shafie, the father of two children, was saved from death yet is now in a coma.
News posted of this incident raised a wave of protests and criticism on social media networks, especially since during the past year criticism has increased against the medical community and incidents such as the death of a woman near a hospital after not being accepted. This particular incident led to major discontent amongst the society.
18-year-old woman at Tehran’s Velayat Bridge
The final story of this eventful week was the suicide of an 18-year-old woman who threw herself off the Velayat Bridge highway on Thursday, May 5th.
Images of this young woman were posted on social media, yet no detail has been posted of the reasons behind this incident.
The winter and fall of last year witnessed a number of suicides amongst Iran’s high school students and youths, gaining much attention as at least two suicide cases involved individuals jumping on metro rails in Tehran.
Suicide rates in other parts of Iran are reported as very high. For example, a few days ago a young street vendor by the name of Mehdi Afravi in the city of Ahvaz (southwest Iran) committed suicide by throwing himself on a train rail, protesting repressive forces confiscating his property and depriving him of his only means to make ends meet for his family.
Afravi was a street vendor in the Nader Bazaar of Ahvaz.
The main reasons behind suicides in Iran is poor economic conditions resulting from skyrocketing theft by various parties of the mullahs’ regime. Hadi Abavi, named by state media as the Secretary-General of Workers Guild High Committee, said in an interview on Friday with the Tasnim news agency HadHad(associated to the terrorist IRGC Quds Force), “More than 7 million workers in Iran earn less than 8.1 million rials a month (around $270). We consider these workers as living under the survival line.”