Due to the Iranian regime’s economic and social mismanagement and destructive policies, the number of suicides among children and women in Iran is increasing. The number of suicide cases in January-February 2021 in Iran shows how deeply this phenomenon has become rooted.

On January 25, a 16-year-old teenager committed suicide by jumping out of the sixth floor.

On January 25, two female students in Dezful, southwest Iran, committed suicide by eating rice pills.

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the governor of Gorgan, northern Iran, as saying that two young girls in Gorgan committed suicide by jumping from a bridge. “Both girls were seriously injured and taken to hospital,” he said.

On January 31 a labor child in Mahshahr, southwest Iran, committed suicide due to poverty.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=iran_policy&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1345112903918231554&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncr-iran.org%2Fen%2Fnews%2Fhuman-rights%2Firan-rising-number-of-suicides-among-children-and-women%2F&siteScreenName=iran_policy&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

In mid-January, a 16-year-old boy committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in the Dishmuk city in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces, southwest Iran.

Tragically, the suicide rate in Dishmuk is rising.

“In the last three or four years, about 60 people, most of them women, have committed suicide. In the past month, two men and an 11-year-old girl have attempted suicide, unfortunately, all of them have died. An 11-year-old girl named Bina hanged herself in the village of Deh Ghazi Dishmuk on March 10,” wrote the state-run ILNA news agency on February 14, quoting a member of Dishmuk City Council.

“Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in suicides. We have had a 4% to 5% annual increase in suicide rates. This year, we have the same statistics as last year. But what is remarkable is that we have a significant change in the range of ages among those who have attempted suicide. Suicide has increased in the last year among those under 18 and over 60,” state-run Mehr news agency reported on February 7, quoting Taghi Rostamvandi, Deputy Interior Minister and Director of the Social Affairs.

“From the beginning of March to the end of November, the suicide rate has increased by 4.2% compared to the same period last year,” wrote the state-run Etemad daily on January 20.

The rising number of suicides among teenagers is due to extreme poverty, which prevents them from continuing their education or having a normal life amid the Covid-19 outbreak and the regime’s inaction in this regard.

“The first eight months of this year were the point that high-prices, unemployment, and poverty met. Thus, thousands of hopeless people were crushed under the unbearable economic challenges, going down in a swamp of depression. So, they chose the last option first. According to psychiatrists, to understand the severity of untreated depression in Iranian society, we must increase the net number of suicides by at least 20 or 30 times to reach the real number of suicide attempts,” wrote the state-run Etemad daily on January 20.

The regime wastes national wealth on terrorism and its nuclear program. On December 27, 2020 Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbollah, praised Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s eliminated terror-mastermind, for his “logistical support” of Hezbollah. Nasrallah underlined that Soleimani did not recognize “any red lines” in sending 9M133 Kornet missiles to Gaza for Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

Nasrallah admitted that after the 33-day war in 2006, when 200,000 homes were destroyed in Lebanon, Soleimani paid one years’ worth of rent and expenses of the families who lost their homes.

In 2016, Nasrallah had blatantly said: “We are open about the fact that Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, come from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

In May 2020, Heshmatullah Felahatpisheh, the former Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the regime’s parliament, said that the regime had paid Syria up to $30 billion. “I went to Syria, some people said I made up some expenses, but I repeat, we may have given Syria $20 to $30 billion, and we have to take it back,” he said in an interview published by the state-run Etemad Online news agency.Iran spent $30 billion in Syria: Regime’s MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told Etemad Online

The increasing economic pressures, coupled with social injustice, and class difference are increasing daily due to the regime’s wrong policies and corruption. People also witness how their wealth is being plundered as used for terrorism. The regime oppresses people instead of responding to their demands. Thus, many people are forced to commit suicide, which is an act of social protest.

“By examining and studying the map of the misery index in Iran, it is possible to understand the relation between inflation and unemployment with the occurrence of social protests. A small part of the social protests in the country is now in the form of violence and serial suicide. These protests could soon become like the [major Iran] protests in 2018 and 2019 and spread throughout the country widely and violently,” wrote the state-run Jahan-e Sanat on June 13, 2020.