The Twisted Logic of the Iranian Government

Trigger warning: this article discusses rape

Susie Kahlich
6 min readNov 13, 2022


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On 16 September 2022, Jina (Mahsa) Amini, died after being severely beaten by the Iranian government’s “Morality Police” for not wearing her hijab correctly. CCTV footage of Amini stumbling from her wounds and collapsing leaked, and two female reporters wrote about the case. The government claimed she had a heart attack, and her family was pressured into making this claim as well. They refused.

The insult to just the basic intelligence of the Iranian people, the baldfaced lies and denials by the government in face of video evidence proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Women and men have taken to the streets, women removing their hijab, cutting their hair; men knocking the turbans off the clerics; the people of Iran protesting, marching and publicly decrying the country’s totalitarian regime they have been suffering under for 43 years.

The government has responded by firing live rounds into protesting crowds, killing up at to at least 250 people so far, including children, and arresting thousands, men and women alike, including two popular rap stars.

What’s Happening Now

The parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran has voted that all political prisoners in the current uprising be met with the harshest punishment: execution. About 1,000 protesters in Tehren are imprisoned, and it’s estimated a total of between 14,000–15,000 protesters have been imprisoned nationwide.

Charges against protesters are rooted in the IRI’s interpretation of Islamic law. The rapper Saman Yasin has been charged with moharebeh (waging war against God), a crime against Islam that is punishable by death.

The problem

Under the version of Islam that the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) practices, virgins cannot be executed, even in times of war.

Among the 14–15,000 political prisoners are a significant number of women and girls, many of whom are virgins. That means that, in order to execute them, they will have to be “deflowered”. In other words: raped.

The government of Iran is willing to systematically rape women…



Susie Kahlich

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