Taraneh Mousavi – An Iranian Martyr

July 20, 2009 at 12:42 pm 23 comments

She was a young woman who was arrested by the Iranian secret service on June 19 at the Ghoba Mosque in Tehran. She was part of an “illegal” gathering of mourners waiting for presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi to speak about the martyrs of the post-election protests. In the process, she had become a martyr herself. A couple of days ago, her burnt corpse was found west of the city.

According to witnesses, Taraneh was wearing make-up and western clothes and high-heeled shoes when she was taken for questioning. In addition, the fact that she bore the same name as the presidential candidate could have upset the interrogators even more and helped seal her doom.

Female virginity is highly respected in the Muslim world. Under the Sharia law, for example, if she is a virgin, a woman cannot be executed regardless of the severity of her crime. To circumvent this law, Iranian authorities would have a prison guard legally marry the woman and have the marriage consummated on the eve of her execution.

Taraneh, which means “song” in Persian, must have suffered the same fate. Worse, because of her beauty, she must have been singled out for special treatment. She must have been gang-raped by her torturers. It was reported that three weeks after her arrest, a woman matching her description was brought to a local hospital suffering from a ruptured womb and anus.

There was so much hope for the better when the Shah of Iran was toppled in 1979 and replaced by the Islamic republic. but it proved to be illusory. Through the years, the regime that took over after the Shah, has become the mirror-image of its predecessor clinging to power through authoritarian rule and blatant disrespect of basic human rights.

How many more Taraneh Mousavis would have to die before the current crisis in Iran is resolved? It’s not the change in the system that the Iranian people clamor. Rather, it’s a change in governance. Those who are in power have lost their credibility and ability to govern.

Taraneh mousavi died for her beliefs. In my eyes, she’ll remain a virgin worthy of my deepest respects.


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  • 1. thatwordinme  |  July 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    She’s very pretty.

    Yes, the way people terrorize women is by violating their sexuality because that’s what women prize most. Even here, itatapat sayo ng NPA kapag nahuli ka, that they will rape you (plus the torture) which is another form of torture. Bastards.

    The problem in Iran, much like the problem here in the Philippines, will not be solved anytime soon. vote rigging during elections, unfortunately, is only one part of the problem. I’m actually fearful we might become like Iran in the sense that when elections do come in 2010, and another vote-rigging happens, and while i don’t think violence is in our culture as it is in many others, the thought that Martial law may be declared again (and a big possibility) could spark this…violence in the same way it did in Iran. Not impossible to happen, by the way.

    • 2. plaridel  |  July 21, 2009 at 9:56 am


      it’s an irony that she’s better dead than alive. in their culture, women who have been raped are often ostracized and disowned by their families as if it’s their fault.

      as far as the philippines is concerned, i think the country is getting close to meltdown as pgma and her sycophants are determined to stay in power. i won’t be surprised if she declares emergency rule if all legal means fail. the recent bombings signify that she really means business.

      • 3. ali  |  July 22, 2009 at 4:16 am

        that is totally WRONG
        maybe in some rural areas if the girl has been raped the family blamed her but not in cities specially in tehran.
        i suggest do not comment or criticize if you nothing about that culture.

        • 4. plaridel  |  July 22, 2009 at 8:25 am


          if it happens in some rural areas, as you said, i may not be totally wrong after all. in any case, if i had offended the good people of iran, please accept my apologies.

    • 5. Arash  |  August 20, 2009 at 7:41 am

      since you don’t know shit about the persian culture then you’d better shut the fuck up. phili piece of shit!!

      • 6. plaridel  |  August 20, 2009 at 11:25 am


        millions who understand persian culture think the same way i do. are you going to insult them, too. throwing insults in an attempt to win points doesn’t make you the best representative of the culture. it only proves that you’re on the wrong side of history.

  • 7. J.Kulisap  |  July 21, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Kung ang turing sa kanila ng tao ay hayop, mas gugustuhin mo pang maging hayop na lamang, may ibang lengwaheng hindi tuwirang naiintindihan ng ” tao”, masaktan man, atungol lamang ang iyong maririnig.

    • 8. plaridel  |  July 21, 2009 at 9:58 am


      ang nangyayari sa iran ay tulad din sa pilipinas. isang halimbawa, nasaan na nga ba sina sherlyn cadapan and karen empeño? hindi ba sila dinukot, tinortyur, ginahasa, at pinatay ng militar?

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  • 11. Anonymous  |  July 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Have you ever considered her story is a hoax? Nobody has come forward to collaborate it. Does she have any relatives or friends? She might not even have existed except in the minds of those in Iran whose aim is to destabilize the government.

    • 12. plaridel  |  July 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm


      under the present circumstances, it will be hard to prove as the landslide victory of ahmadinejad. having said that, i think it’s true. it’s not in the best interest of the opposition to conceive something like that because they would be putting their credibility at risk. in due time, the facts about taraneh’s case will come out. we just have to be patient.

  • 13. IranianFighter  |  July 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I would like to find the Scum basij who did this and bury them alive.
    We are gona hang all of you scum, traitors very very soon.

    • 14. plaridel  |  July 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm


      someday, they will have their time in court if not in the gallows.

  • 15. y.f.s  |  July 28, 2009 at 2:52 am

    damn u, damn iran leader & president, mother fuckers,i hate u all, never forgive u

    • 16. plaridel  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:29 am


      only a referendum on the legitimacy of the current government can resolve the issues confronting the country today.

  • 17. Cyrus  |  August 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Taraneh mousavi is a live, her parenths has already said that their daughter is out of iran. i am one of the green movement but i hate when west try to change everything in their way. even if we were elected we would not a slave to west if you dont belive try to listen what mousavi ahs said in his tv show.

    • 18. plaridel  |  August 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm


      if that’s indeed true, that she’s alive and living abroad, then what’s holding her up? why doesn’t she come out into the open in the name of truth and justice and settle this issue once and for all?

      i agree that the west should leave the iranian people alone to fulfill their own destiny.

  • 19. hasta  |  August 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    It is a sad story. Almost made me cry.
    I also feel so furious about the way they treated this young and beautiful woman just because she was very pretty. It is unacceptable of what they have done to her. Don’t they have sisters and mothers?
    They probably arrested her because of her beauty in the first place.
    Please Free Iran! Those monsters need to be burned and punished!
    I give my best wished to brave iranian people. My thoughts are with you…

    • 20. plaridel  |  August 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm


      the iranian people deserve something better from their government. the current leadership has lost its vision and ability to govern in a civilized manner. in its desire to stay in power, it has resorted to intimidation, violence, and lies. new leaders are needed to fine tune the current system and rid it of corruption.

  • 21. coolwaterworks  |  September 3, 2009 at 2:16 am

    It is really true that it is dangerous to quash something by the very thing that that something is made of…

  • 22. plaridel  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm


    yep. it’s like frying in your own fat, as the filipino saying goes.

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