Ahwazi Student Commits Suicide after Punishment by Persian Teacher

A 12-year-old student in Houweyzeh city, northwest of Ahwaz capital, committed suicide and ended his life after being punished by a Persian teacher on Monday the 25th of December 2017.

Reliable source reported to Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) that the student named Elias Sharifi (picture), who was studying in the city of Khafajiya (Susangerd) and was punished by a Persian teacher on Monday morning to write more homework than usual, committed suicide after returning to his home and by using his mother’s scarf and passed away.

Despite the child’s mother’s efforts to save his life, the student lost his life, minutes after arriving at the clinic. Kouti of the Houweyzeh’s clinic staff said that “the body of the boy was sent to the city of Khafajiya (Susangerd), and police and legal practitioners are doing their investigation”.

In the similar context, an Arab child Abbas Badawi, 12-year old residents of Alkhoways village of the city of Susa, committed suicide on 30th of December 2016 due to the pressure, humiliation, and beatings he received at the hands of the Persian’s teacher of sports Hadi Abassi in Susa’s primary school.

Schoolchildren’s punishment in Iran has been repeated several times. On November 4, 2017, along with the commemoration of the student day in Iran, students of a girl primary school in the suburbs of Ahwaz capital, speaking Arabic in class, were punished by the Persian teacher and forced to write the sentence “Arabic talking in a classroom must be avoid at all time“ a hundred times.

Ahwazi activists reported that students from the Hamza girls’ elementary school in the village of Beit Mohareb in the suburbs of Ahwaz capital, were insulted and punished by the school teacher named “Miss Shushtari” for speaking Arabic.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has also received a video that shows Ahwazi Arab student’s harsh punishment by a non-Arab teacher in a high school in the city of Susa a few days ago.