An Iranian deputy minister on Sunday mentioned “some folks” have been poisoning schoolgirls within the holy metropolis of Qom with the goal of shutting down schooling for women, state media reported.
Since late November, lots of of circumstances of respiratory poisoning have been reported amongst schoolgirls primarily in Qom, south of Tehran, with some needing hospital remedy.
On Sunday the deputy well being minister, Younes Panahi, implicitly confirmed the poisonings had been deliberate.
“After the poisoning of a number of college students in Qom faculties, it was discovered that some folks needed all faculties, particularly ladies’ faculties, to be closed,” the IRNA state information company quoted Panahi as saying.
He didn’t elaborate. To date, there have been no arrests linked to the poisonings.
On February 14, mother and father of scholars who had been sick had gathered exterior the town’s governorate to “demand an evidence” from the authorities, IRNA reported.
The following day authorities spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi mentioned the intelligence and schooling ministries have been looking for the reason for the poisonings.
Final week, Prosecutor Common Mohammad Jafar Montazeri ordered a judicial probe into the incidents.
The poisonings come as Iran has been rocked by protests for the reason that December 16 loss of life in custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini for an alleged violation of nation’s strict gown code for girls.
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