Nika Shakarami: Iranian Teen Body Allegedly ‘Stolen’ By Security Forces
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Nika Shakarami: Iranian Teen Body Allegedly ‘Stolen’ By Security Forces

Nika Shakarami disappeared on September 20 after taking part in the Mahsa Amini memorial protests in Tehran

17-year-old Nika died during the protests in Iran and the family only found the body ten days later. In addition, the same family have reported that the security forces have stolen her body to bury her secretly in a village. Nika Shakarami disappeared on September 20 after taking part in Mahsa’s memorial protests in Tehran. In her last message from her to a friend of hers she had said she was being chased by the security forces, she told her aunt, Atash, to BBC Persian. After 10 days, the body was found in a morgue of a detention center in the capital. “When we went to identify her, they didn’t allow us to see her body, only her face for a few seconds,” said the aunt. Nika’s family then moved her body to her father’s hometown Khorramabad in the west of the country on what would have been her 17th birthday. At that point, a source said, the security forces ordered family members not to hold a funeral ceremony, but despite the assurances, the latter “stole” the body to bury it in another village, Veysian, 40 km away. of distance. And now the aunt risks consequences as hundreds of protesters gathered in the Khorramabad cemetery and chanted slogans against the government.