Uploaded on Sep 16, 2009
Ms. Maryam Sabri Talks About Being Repeatedly Raped in Irans Prison(Engl.Subt.)
Description: Another brave and courageous young Iranian woman comes forward to tell VOA about her 2-week jail time during which she was repeatedly raped. The reason for Maryams arrest was attending a memorial service for those killed at the post election protests.
This is still about Iran but a different perspective.
I invite you to pay attention to a special report. A part of the News & Perspectives with one of the protesters arrested after the 88 presidential elections in Iran.
Maryam Sabri, 21 years old, who was arrested at the the Behesht-Zahra Cemetery while attending a memorial service for those killed [during the post election protests] and jailed for almost 2 weeks claims she was raped in prison.
Mehdi Karoubi one of the presidential candidates objecting the election result is the first official that brought the issue of rape in Irans prisons to the forefront.
I invite you to pay attention to a part of this interview.
They took me to an unknown location. I was hand cuffed. I was also blind folded.
They forcefully took my clothes off. All my begging, tears, and screams had no effect.
As if they could not hear my begging and screaming, they could not see my tears.
There I was sexually abused.
During that period, I am not sure how long it was, but I cried so much that I lost consciousness. I was no longer aware of my surroundings.
I couldnt remember anything. I was not thinking about anything anymore; I was just crying.
Then they took me back to my cell. I was there for a while. I am not sure how long I was there for as I did not have the time.
They took me out to the same unknown place. I was repeatedly sexually assaulted again, same style.
After I was beaten completely for the second time, they took me out again.
This time, there was a different voice; it was not the same person who was torturing me the time before. It was a new voice.
I was sexually assaulted 4 or 5 times. While assaulting me, my jailer would yell at me with: Here is your vote. We are giving your vote back. Be happy. You have no reason to cry. That is what you wanted. Why did you go out to the streets? You must be a street woman. Then you deserve what comes to you..
For the last set of tortures, when they took me to the same place that I guess must have been the torture room, there were two men. Previously there was only one person. This time I could recognize two voices. They were calling each other by name.
After I was beaten, once again they took my cloths off. I had no reaction this time. I showed no resistance for what they were doing; no reaction. I had nothing to say because I knew even my begging made him happier, it made the assault more satisfying to him. One of the jailers told the other guy to get out of the room. The other jailer objected but finally left the room with hesitance.
When left alone the jailer asked me: what were you doing in the streets? Why did you come out in the street?.
As soon as I started to say something, he would tell me to shut up and just listen. And if I remained quiet, he would hit me and tell me to talk.
Then at that point, he removed my eye cover. I saw that person. Ill never forget his face. His face has been my nightmares since.
Please note that you can watch the other parts of this interview in our morning program tomorrow.