Sadaf Movahedi was a 17-year-old high school student living in Tehran. She is described as being tall, beautiful, very happy and healthy, with no pre-existing health conditions. After the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, widespread protests took place around the country and many women and girls joined in to show their opposition to the mandatory hijab law and to demand freedom for all women and girls. During one of these protests, Sadaf and her friends removed their hijabs on their walk home. A video of them was shared online and unfortunately, Sadaf was easily identified because of her beautiful red hair.
A few days later, on October 24, 2022, she was attacked by security forces on the street and was beaten mercilessly with batons. She managed to return home but was severely injured. Because of the fear of being questioned and arrested at the hospital (for being involved in protests), her family decided to care for her at home. Without the proper medical attention to address her head injury, Sadaf passed away later that day.
Following Sadaf’s death, Regime security forces contacted the family and told them to lie about their daughter’s death and say that she died of a heart attack. The family is still under pressure to stay silent about the horrific death of their young daughter.