Iranian police forces have allegedly stolen and buried the body of a 16-year-old girl after she took part in protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death.
Nika Shakarami attended protests in Tehran on Sep. 20 but then went missing for almost ten days.
Her last message to her friends indicated that she had been running away from security forces, her aunt told BBC Persian.
Her family eventually found her body in a morgue at a detention center in Tehran.
“When we went to identify her, they didn’t allow us to see her body, only her face for a few seconds,” her aunt told BBC Persian.
Her nose and skull were allegedly broken.
Her family retrieved her body and was planning to bury her in her father’s hometown of Khorramabad on what would have been her 17th birthday on Oct. 2.
They said authorities forced them into agreeing not holding a public funeral service for Shakarami.
Her body was then allegedly stolen by authorities and found buried 40 kilometers away in the town of Veysian.
Security forces have been known to use the bodies of victims to stop families from speaking up.
Since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after she was arrested by “morality police” for allegedly breaking the country’s mandatory hijab law, women in Iran have been taking to the streets and holding massive protests.