Security forces arrested two followers of the Baha’i faith in Shiraz, southern Iran, on September 22 for following the banned faith.
Moein Misaghi and Negareh Qaderi were taken to an unknown location.
Security forces searched their homes and confiscated several of the Bahai citizens’ personal belongings.
An informed source said the home of Mr. Misaghi was also searched by security forces in March.
“Security forces were very violent and brutal while carrying out the search to the extent that a bowl of hot soup dropped on the leg of their 2-year-old daughter and it took quite some time to treat her burns,” the source added.
Bahai persecution in Iran
Baha’is are a religious minority rejected and persecuted by the clerical regime who also controls the courts and most other state institutions.
The Iranian regime does not recognize the Baha’i community, with more than 300,000 members in the country. Instead, for four decades, the clerical regime has routinely harassed, prosecuted, and imprisoned Baha’is solely for practicing their faith.
Hundreds of Bahai’s have been arrested over the years and many spent years in prison.
The regime severely restricts Baha’is right to education, including prohibiting Baha’i students from registering at universities and expelling them if their identities are discovered.