The woman, named Sahar, had previously tried to infiltrate the Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch her teams matches. She disguised herself in a blue overcoat and left pictures, so she was called Blue Girl by netizens. But Sahar was found and arrested by the police and released after three days in police custody, but still faces further charges.
When Sahar returned to the police station to retrieve her detained mobile phone, the police said she might also be sentenced to prison. The emotional Sahar then poured gasoline on himself and burned himself in protest. As a result, 90% of Sahars skin was burned and taken to hospital for rescue. But on Monday, doctors announced that Sahar was ultimately killed because he was too seriously injured.
The Sahar incident is heartbreaking, said Luther, director of Middle East research and advocacy at Amnesty International, a human rights organization. Her only crime was being a woman. They face a deep-rooted discrimination that manifests itself in all aspects of life, including sports. As far as we know, Iran is the only country in the world that punishes women who try to enter the stadium. Had it not been for this severe ban and subsequent arrests, detentions and prosecutions, Sahar would still be alive. She cant die in vain. If she wants to avoid similar tragedies in the future, she must stimulate Iran to change.
The captain of Irans mens football team, Massoud Shujae, also said on his Instagram: Our restrictions on women are shocking, and generations to come will be surprised to find that women in our time are forbidden to enter the stadium. The origin of this restriction is the rotten and disgusting thought of the past, which is difficult for the next generation to understand. There are also many Iranian netizens who take pictures in mens clothes to protest against such sexism.
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