An Iranian female soccer fan trying to enter a soccer stadium dressed as a man has died. She let herself on fire inside a court.
The woman, Sahar Khodayari, died at a Tehran hospital on Monday, the Shafaghna news agency reported.
The 30-year-old set herself on fire last week after reportedly learning something horrific. She may face between six months to two years in prison. The woman was pretending to be a man and wore a blue hairpiece. She was also wearing a long overcoat when the police stopped her. She then left the courthouse and set herself ablaze in front of the building, and later died at the hospital. Esteghlal issued a statement, offering condolences to Khodayari’s family.
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Last October, authorities in Iran allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium. They were there to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Iran’s government faced an Aug. 31 dead by Fifa to allow women to attend official football matches.
For 40 yrs Iranian women are struggling for their basic rights.Under sharia law in Iran women aren’t allowed to see the men’s games in the stadiums.The Islamic Regime must be held to account for descriminating against women & state interference in sports.
Iran’s minister of information and communications technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, described the death as a “bitter incident.”
She added that Khodayari’s suicide underscores “the need for Iran to end its ban on women attending sports matches — and the urgency for regulating bodies like FIFA to enforce its own human rights rules.”
Amnesty International separately said that as far as it knows, “Iran is the only country in the world that stops and punishes women” seeking to enter soccer stadiums. Saudi Arabia, a longtime holdout, recently started allowing women to attend matches under a push from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.