Another Iranian teen girl has been found dead allegedly at the hands of the security forces who have been cracking down on protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.
16-year-old Sarina Esmailzadeh died after she was severely beaten in the head with batons at a protest in Gohardasht in Alborz province on Sep. 23, according to Amnesty International.
News of her death starting going viral on social media this week, following the death of Nika Shakarami, another 16-year-old girl whose body was allegedly stolen by police from her family and secretly buried after she died in the protests in Tehran.
Esmailzadeh frequently shared videos on her YouTube channel, where she sings, dances and talks about women’s rights.
Addressing the news, Alborz authorities said on Friday Oct. 7 that preliminary investigations had shown that Esmailzadeh had killed herself by jumping off a roof from a five-storey building, according to local news Isna, the Guardian reported.
Authorities added that she had a history of mental health problems.
Iranian authorities had also said that Shakarami had killed herself by jumping off a building.
However, Shakarami’s mother told a US-funded radio station on Thursday Oct. 6 that authorities had killed her daughter and forced her to say that her daughter had died by suicide.
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 unprecedented protests.