Iran poisons thousands of girls in order to keep them from going to school

Since late November there have been many cases coming from Iran of respiratory poisoning among girls to stop them from going to school in Qom, some needed hospital treatment.

Iran poisons thousands of girls in order to keep them from going to school
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An Iranian official on Sunday made a startling admission when he said that certain individuals in the country’s holiest city of Qom were turning to poison schoolgirls in an effort to suppress females’ access to education, according to Iranian state television. The poisonings were tacitly confirmed by Younes Panahi, the deputy health minister, although no one has been taken into custody as of yet.

Since late November, there have been hundreds of reports of respiratory poisoning among school girls, mostly in Qom, south of Tehran, with some instances necessitating hospitalization.

Deputy Health Minister Younes Panahi made a suggestion that the poisonings were intentional on Sunday.

Panahi was reported by the Iranian state news agency as stating, “Following the poisoning of numerous kids in Qom schools, it was found that certain individuals wanted all schools, especially ladies’ schools, to be shuttered.”

The issue was brought to light on February 14 when parents of sick pupils gathered outside the governorate of the city to “demand an explanation” from the officials.

The prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, then started a legal probe into the incidents.

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