A Heartbreaking Tragedy in Iran
|October 6, 2011|
A young Iranian girl named Nahal committed suicide on September 28th following her boyfriend to the grave. Her boyfriend, Behnam Ganji, committed suicide on September 16th after his release from prison. Ganji was arrested with his roommate Kohyard Gordarzi, a student activist and blogger, at their home on July 31. Police came in search of Gordarzi, and arrested Ganji without explanation. Behnam spent one week in prison and committed suicide soon after being released. One can only speculate what happened in prison that led him to end his life.
Ganji’s death devastated Nahal. Before committing suicide, Nahal wrote these words on her blog: “Behnam, I was frozen for six hours [when I saw your body], and I was thinking that you’re supposed ask me, ‘How can you sit for 6 hours?’ But when I stood up, I was still frozen. I was finished with life at that moment.”
Iranian netizers have expressed their sorrow over this tragic story through social media. Nazanin Kazemi, an Iranian girl, wrote on her Facebook: “The fact that a 22 year-old boy committed suicide and, shortly afterwards, his friend with whom he shared his life also committed suicide not only embitters me, but also awakens a strong hate inside me that is new.”
Another Iranian, Mohammad, said on his Facebook: “One man committed suicide in Tunisia and all the people in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria woke up. Such a tragic event happens in Iran and we read their blogs and feel sad. Then, we forward the link to each other and ask ‘What is your opinion, baby?!’”
Masih Alinejad, a journalist, brought up a point on her blog that since non-marital relationships are illegal in Iran, Nahal did not have legal rights in regard to Behnam while he was in prison or after his death. Even now, official news agencies do not publish the story of Nahal’s suicide because she did not have a legal relationship with Behnam. Alinejad asked the news agencies on her blog to amend this rule and acknowledge the loss of these two young people.