Iranian president takes acid attacks case under control
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 24
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has taken the case of acid attacks against women in the country under control.
Rouhani has ordered to find the perpetrators of acid attacks against women as soon as possible, IRNA news agency reported Oct. 24.
In recent weeks, according to Iranian media outlets, at least 4 women became victims of acid attacks by unknown motorcyclists. The latest incident took place on the night of Oct. 15 when a young woman was assaulted by unknown people, who threw acid at her while she was in the car.
The attacks triggered protests in Isfahan, which demanded finding and punishing the criminals. Claims in social networks said the reason for acid attacks were the women, who violated the Islamic dress code in the city.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, a senior cleric in Isfahan who leads Friday prayer condemned the attacks saying such an act is illegal and is not permitted in Islam.
On Oct. 20, the Iranian Interior Minister's Deputy for Social Affairs Morteza Mirbagheri said that 4 suspects in the acid attacks were arrested. He went on to note that the problem of acid attacks issue was seriously investigated by the Interior Ministry.
While Iran claims four people have been arrested, it is possible that there are others, and Iran looks to tighten security on the issue.
Hassan Rouhani instructed the ministries of intelligence, internal affairs and justice to accelerate the searches for the criminals, and to hunt them down.
The president also instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to include the problem to the agenda of its next meeting to be held on Sunday, and to analyze the work carried out on this issue by the ministries.