Iranian doctors and nurses consulted by the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ have been convinced that Iranian security forces are deliberately firing pellets into the face, breasts and genitals of people who are demonstrating against the death in custody of the young Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini.
Health workers say that the injured protesters have different lacerations than men, who usually receive medical attention for injuries to their legs, buttocks or back.
Amnesty International’s senior adviser on military operations, Brian Castner, has estimated that the photographs provided to ‘The Guardian’ by Iranian doctors demonstrate, in general terms, “the use of pellets, which is designed for hunting and has no place in no legitimate use of force by the Police”.
“I have treated a girl of no more than 20 years with two shots in her genitals, one of them between the urethra and the vaginal canal,” lamented a doctor from the central province of Isfahan. “She was demonstrating with a group of people when a dozen security agents surrounded them and opened fire from the waist down,” she denounced.
“It seems to me an inferiority complex,” says a doctor, also under anonymity, in the city of Karaj, near Tehran. “That’s why they open fire on women’s faces and genitals. Hurting young people seems to them a way of getting rid of their own complexes,” he added.
The Iranian authorities have not responded to requests to respond to these accusations, says the British media.