Dorsa Sobhani’s father threatened, interrogated, beaten and reviled to force him to hand over his daughter
[Editor: On the 2nd of March, 6 security officers showed up at Dorsa’s home. They searched her home and confiscated her personal belongings but fortunately she was not home and therefore the officers were unable to detain her. Dorsa was denied her education in the city of Sari solely for her belief in the Baha’i Faith. She was active in the One Million Signature Campaign for women’s right. Now the Iranian authorities are threatening her father to deliver her precious daughter to men bereft of understanding and justice! Her father is facing harm to his wife and his other younger daughter and losing his house.
Dear Dorsa and Mr. Sobhani: You have captured the hearts and minds of so many people in Vancouver, Canada. In these special days of Fast for the Baha’is of the world, dawn prayers will be dedicated to you and we’ll pray to God to give you strength and courage for you are the source of strength and courage to all of us. May God open the eyes of your oppressors and enlighten their heart. As `Abd’ul-Baha teaches us:
“I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 29)
I invite other Baha’is to dedicate dawn prayers in this period of Fast to Dorsa.
With much love and rememberance,
The Editor, Iran Press Watch. ]
March 4, 2010
Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRC): According to reports received by CHRC, today, March 4, 2010, Dorsa Sobhani’s father was physically and verbally assaulted by six security officials as he left his house. Handcuffed and blindfolded, he was interrogated and threatened for four hours.
Security officials warned that if he does not hand his daughter, Dorsa Sobhani, over to the Intelligence Ministry by Saturday, he and his wife and younger daughter will be placed under arrest and their home will be sequestered.
This incident comes on the heels of a raid by six security officials who entered their home in the middle of the night on March 2, 2010 and confiscated their personal belongings.
Dorsa Sobhani is an activist in the One Million Signatures campaign and an advocate of the right to higher education. She herself has been denied the right to enter university due to her belief in the Baha’i Faith.