Iran: Woman loses life for wanting to watch football match

Edited By: Sparshita Saxena WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Sep 14, 2019, 04:19 PM(IST)

Iran flag (file photo) Photograph:( Reuters )

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Sahar Khodayari, 29, dressed as a man to enter the stadium and root for her favourite football team Esteghlal FC.

In a horrifying incident, a woman in Iran lost her life simply because she wanted to go to the stadium and root for her favourite football team.

29-year-old Sahar Khodayari took her life when she learnt that she could face imprisonment for entering a football stadium. For the unversed, Iranian women have been barred from entering a stadium since 1981.

Khodayari dressed as a man to enter the stadium and root for her favourite football team Esteghlal FC.

She was arrested and on September 2 she learnt that she could face a six-month jail term for her 'crime'. Khodayari took her life by self-immolation.

Her death has outraged the global community. Reactions have poured in from all over various social media platforms.

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The club Esteghlal FC expressed its inability to even support a loyal fan. Football players from across the world are now demanding FIFA take an action with global bodies like the United Nations demanding action against Tehran.

This is not the first time when Tehran has come under the scanner for its attitude towards its women. In July this year, it was reported that Iranian women could face a jail term up to a decade for posting their pictures online without their headscarves or hijab.

Earlier this year, Iran hired 2,000 morality police to punish women who refused to wear the compulsory hijab in public.

Reformists lawmakers point out that morality police has been a failure.

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