This photograph shows a seven-year-old girl who was shot by the security forces in a mosque during the protests in Iran.
The young girl, who has been named as Hasty Narooyi, was allegedly killed in Zahedan, on 8th October, during what has come to be known as Zahedan’s Bloody Friday.
It took over a month for the photograph to be released and shared on social media, with it being published in independent Iranian media outlets as well as by some prominent journalists.
Reza Shokrollahi, an Iranian journalist in Prague, is one of them and he said that “on the Bloody Friday of Zahedan, on 8th October, it was announced that a ‘woman’ was among the dead. It took 14 days for her name to be revealed: Hasty Narooyi.
“And it took 53 days for her photo to be published; This girl was seven years old.
“They said that she went to the mosque with her grandmother for Friday prayers. The officers of the Islamic Republic were shooting, a tear gas bullet hits the girl’s head. In the end, she suffocated from the gas and died […].”
Iranian forces have been cracking down on waves of civil disorder following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, from Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, who was on a visit to Tehran when she was arrested by morality police, accused of violating hijab rules on 13th September.
She was allegedly beaten while in custody and spent the following days in a coma in the hospital before succumbing in the ICU on 16th September.
The clinic where she was treated said in a now-deleted social media post that she had been admitted brain-dead.
Alleged medical scans of her skull leaked by hackers showed that she had suffered bone fractures, haemorrhages, and brain oedema.
Independent Iranian media have claimed that Mahsa’s medical records showing her history of heart disease were faked by the Iranian government.
Numbers differ regarding how many people have been killed since the protests began.
The ongoing protests in Iran have killed at least 416 people, including 51 children, and injured at least 1,160, according to independent estimates.
It is also understood that more than 17,400 people have been arrested so far.