Iran – Two students commit suicide

women in IranStop Fundamentalism, June 24, 2008 – Two students took their own lives when severely pressured by the security forces in northern city of Lahijan and southeastern city of Zahedan. 

A female student whose identity was not disclosed commit suicide when she was called to the security office in Lahijan University. The student apparently jumped off the 4th floor suite where the office is located. She pronounced dead immediately after the fall.

In a separate but related incident another student took his life by taking an overdose of prescription drugs in the southeastern city of Zahedan in the troubled Sistan and Baluchistan Province.

The Lahijan student had been called for questioning to the school’s security office once before according to her classmates, the state-run daily Etemaad reported on Saturday.

"The female student had been called in for questioning once before. On the day of the incident a few minutes into the questioning she took a free fall from the 4th floor," added Etemaad.

It is the second incident in the Sistan and Baluchistan University of a student taking his own life. In April a female student committed suicide by taking sulfuric acid. According to her family she had been called to the school’s disciplinary committee repeatedly.  

It is becoming a pattern among many Iranian students, in particular females, to commit suicide as a last resort to continuous harassment by the university officials. Most of such incidents take place over the unethical demands by the schools’ administrators from female students.

Zanjan University was a famous case in the past week upon which the vice-president of the school tried to take advantage of a female student in his office. Other classmates came to her aide. However, the mullahs’ judiciary has arrested the student.