Tragedy of modern day Romeo and Juliet: The lovers driven to suicide by Iranian regime that threw them in jail for being friends with a human rights activist

Tragedy of modern day Romeo and Juliet: The lovers driven to suicide by Iranian regime that threw them in jail for being friends with a human rights activist

by Jessica Satherley

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044057/Tragedy-modern-day-Romeo-Juliet-The-lovers-driven-suicide-Iranian-regime.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Last updated at 9:12 AM on 2nd October 2011

Two Iranian lovers have been described as the
modern day Romeo and Juliet after being driven to suicide by their country’s
regime.

Nahal Sahabi, 28, and her boyfriend Behnam
Ganji, 22, who were both active bloggers, committed suicide four weeks apart
after being imprisoned just for being friends with a human rights activist.

Mr Ganji was detained for eight days, while
Ms Sahabi was held for three days at Tehran’s infamous Evin prison – soon after
being released they were both dead.

 

Broken man: Behnam Ganji (left) was imprisoned for eight
days at Evin Prison in Tehran, Nahal Sahabi (right) was in for three days, they
both committed suicide afterwards

Mr Ganji was a science student at Tehran
University and lived with his close friend and human rights activist Koohyar
Goudarzi, 26.

Mr Goudarzi, a member of the Committee for
Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) had been previously arrested in demonstrations
following President Ahmadinejad’s re-election in 2009.

 

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After spending a year in prison, he continued
his activism, which led to him being banned from attending university and again
sought after by authorities.

On their hunt for Goudarzi, security agents
thought to be from Iran’s ministry of intelligence, burst into the men’s flat
and arrested both him and his flatmate Mr Ganji, The Times reported.

They were both taken to Evin prison on July
31, followed by Ms Sahabi and Mr Goudarzi’s mother being arrested shortly
after.

Although it has been reported that Mr Ganji
spent some of his imprisonment in solitary confinement, details of exactly what
happened to him during his time in Evin have not been revealed.

 

Detained: The Iranian couple were imprisoned in the
infamous Evin Prison (pictured), north of Tehran, for being friends with a
human rights activist

He is said to have come out ‘a broken man’
after the ordeal and would not talk to, see or take calls from anyone after
being released.

A friend of Ganji, named Amir, told The Times
his friend was beaten by interrogators in the prison and forced him to falsely
condemn Mr Goudarzi as a member of the MEK, a criminal opposition group.

Amir believes his friend was tortured, while
another friend, Farya Barlas, told the newspaper that Mr Ganji and Mr Goudarzi
were apparently raped in front of each other by guards.

‘Nahal was a girl of love. Long live love.
Long live life. Death to the dictator’, one blogger wrote

 

The student is said to have become depressed
and committed suicide in his flat on September 1 with an overdose of
prescription drugs.

Mr Goudarzi however, has not been seen since
his arrest and his lawyer told the Guardian by phone that he is still missing.

Authorities at Evin prison deny that he is
still there and claim to not know where he is.

Ms Sahabi, a kindergarten teacher, was
apparently not as traumatised as her boyfriend after being released by
interrogators, but lived in constant fear of rape after guards threatened to
‘dishonour’ her.

 

Activism: Protesters march during a demonstration against
the results of the Iranian presidential election in central Tehran June 18,
2009, Mr Goudarzi was arrested during the demonstrations

 

Iranian police on their motorcycles as they faced
protesters during the 2009 protest over the disputed presidential election

When she found out of her lover’s suicide,
she was devastated and wrote on her blog: ‘Hey Behnam. Damn you, what am I
supposed to do in your absence?

‘Maybe if you can understand someone loves
you so much, you could return from death.’

On Thursday, she was found dead in her room
at her parents’ house in Tehran after also taking an overdose.

She wrote one last blog before her suicide,
reading: ‘So it’s Thursday again. Come, Behnam. Let’s dance together on
Thursday once more.’

Their mutual friend Amir said: ‘It’s a story
of two young people who were not political, loved each other, and just wanted
to get on with their lives, but all of a sudden end up in prison.’

‘Everyone can identify it. Everyone [in Iran]
feels it could happen to them. No one is safe.’

Bloggers in Iran have voiced their views on
the tragic tale, with one named Darius posting: ‘Nahal was a girl of love. Long
live love. Long live life. Death to the dictator.’

Ali Zamani posted: ‘Do not despair that the
black ravens live longer than the canaries.

‘It is the singing of the canaries that will
live forever.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044057/Tragedy-modern-day-Romeo-Juliet-The-lovers-driven-suicide-Iranian-regime.html#ixzz1ZqzD50oc

 

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9 Responses to “Tragedy of modern day Romeo and Juliet: The lovers driven to suicide by Iranian regime that threw them in jail for being friends with a human rights activist”

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    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
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    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

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    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

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    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs athttp://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/…true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 andhttp://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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    Like

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