A journalist and political prisoner has claimed that she is being tortured in the infamous Evin prison in Tehran.
Vida Rabbani has reportedly claimed in a phone call to her lawyer that she is being brutally beaten by guards in Evin Prison in the Iranian capital after she was arrested by Iranian security forces on Sunday, 30th October.
After she called her lawyer, Ali Mojtahedzadeh, from the notorious Evin prison, he took to Twitter to say: “She needs medical treatment due to leg swelling.”
It is still currently unclear why Rabbani was arrested and she has reportedly started a hunger strike to protest her arrest, which she deems “illegal”.
Rabbani, who works for Sada weekly, has said that the authorities have accused her of insulting holy things, disturbing public order, encouraging violent behaviour, gathering and colluding with the intention of committing a crime against the country’s security, and propaganda activity against the regime.
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 have so far claimed the lives of at least 336 people and injured at least 1,160, according to independent estimates.
It is understood that over 12,500 people have so far been arrested.