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Iran’s Child Suicide Tragedy

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As suicide rates rise among disadvantaged people in Iran, the suicide rate among children and adolescents has risen too, and its nature and quality are more appalling than ever.

Children and adolescents who have committed suicide in recent days are mostly from poor families.

The severity of suicide among children and adolescents due to poverty is such that state media are forced to report it in some cases, despite the scandal and stigma it will leave on the system.

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Such children have no hope for the future and see their future in the poor image of their parents and other close relatives, many of whom are not even able to provide the daily bread for their meals.

In Bushehr province, two children committed suicide due to the poverty of their families and the impossibility of getting a smartphone to participate in ‘Shad‘ online classes.

Education officials in Bushehr province denied that one of the children committed suicide because they did not have a smartphone, while Mohammad Mousavi’s mother said, “The school principal had said several times that he wanted to give a phone to three students, but that did not happen. There were no phones and the only reason for my son’s grief that caused this disaster was not having a phone.”

The governor of Nishapur reported the suicide of three people in the city, aged 15, 17, and 22, and two of them died.

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A 10-year-old child in Ilam, western Iran, hanged himself and died due to the poverty of his family.

In Parsabad Moghan in Ardabil province, a 16-year-old boy committed suicide with a hunting rifle and died.

In a village in Urmia, a 13-year-old girl committed suicide due to the family’s financial poverty, lack of a smartphone, and an inability to attend online classes.

The fact is that the Ministry of Health of the government and other relevant institutions never announce the exact number of suicides and deaths resulting from it, especially the suicide of children and adolescents.

Certainly, the cases of child suicide are more than the cases reported by the media.  “Statistics will not be announced unless made public. Of course, after a while, the noises fall asleep again. The government does not provide statistics, and many families do not report the cause of their child’s death as a suicide. Even for the coronavirus, accurate statistics are not provided,” Bartarinha website quoted a government-linked expert Mustafa Eghlima as saying on October 22.

This situation is due to the state’s political and economic institutional corruption, about which Tasnim news agency wrote:

“The presence of wealthy people in important centers of power, where macro-social and economic decisions are made, confirms that poverty, although measured by economic indicators with a social manifestation, is a phenomenon related to policy-making and politics.

“In such a way that some of those sitting on the path of management either own large capital or use it in the influence of the owner of capital, policies, and decisions are naturally laid out in such a way that the distribution of national capital and revenues is diverted from its fair form and is directed to the pursuit of specific and limited group interests.

“And what reaches the other strata, according to their relation to the center of the capital, becomes less and less to the point that some people reach a very small share, equal to zero.”

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