ZAHEDAN: Shahindokht Mollaverdi, the vice president of Iran in the cabinet of Hassan Rouhani in the section of Women and Family Affairs, criticized the removal of legislation to support the families of those executed in the Fifth Development Plan and said “as we know all men of a village in Sistan and Baluchistan were executed by Gallows”, the governmental news agency Mehr expressed.
“What are the responsibilities of law and executive agencies for those women and children who their only shelter had been seized? As we are witnessing, many families whom their provider has been detained have lost their properties as well which was seized by the government due to any or all charges and accusations including but not limited to drug deals against the head of household. As an example, a family with 3 kids has lost their only shelter of a small apartment while their only provider has been arrested.” She said.
- Mollaverdi also added, “at least 17 executive agencies have been funded and are responsible to decrease social tribulations. The question for them is what is their stand and plan to for the families who are facing tribulations brought to them by the wrong doing of a head of their households? What is there for the suffering mother and her children, when their only shelter has been seized by the government? The answer is not important at all to the government.”
Ms. Mollaverdi explained; “all the men in a village in Sistan and Balochistan have been executed and now their families are turning into some possible criminals, mainly smuggler because due to no support from the government and lack of basic rights they have no other choice to provide for the family and also some are taking their revenge.”
“We believe the possibilities of them turning to criminals are high as a result of lack of support and human rights. They have done no wrongful act but they are being punished by government and society for what other members of their family have committed.” She added.
Sistan and Baluchistan, the southeast province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran with an area of 181,785 km2 and a population of 2.5 million, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan (1100 km land border) and 300 K.M water border with Oman Sea, which has been the reason for it to become a strategic area in the Middle-East. The province comprises two sections, Sistan in the north and Baluchistan in the south and its capital is Zahedan. Its major cities are Khash, Iranshahr, Saravan and commercial free port of Chabahar on the coast of Gulf of Oman. The province with the lowest economic participation and management in the country, the highest illiteracy rate, unemployment rate, percentage of poverty, rate of executions and mortality rates of mothers and children. The country’s highest per capita death, the largest number of Iranian people without Birth certificate, lack of food security, the lowest level indicator “life expectancy”, the lack of judicial security and the highest percentage of malnutrition is the most disadvantaged provinces. The province is known for the tent schools.
Sistan and Baluchistan, 11% of the size of the country, has not sporadically exceeded highways about 167 K.M. The zone is the poorest province in terms of roads and Colonel Ayoub Sherafati in an interview with the governmental news agency Irna said more than 709 citizens died in traffic accident on the roads of the province and 55% of the accidents caused by overturning cars and 24% of deaths related to the events of the vehicles which carrying illegal fuel (fuel smuggling) and human trafficking.
According to the governmental statistics reports on 2006, there is more than 640 thousand citizens are illiterate of the population, estimates 2 million and 350 thousand, in the province. The capital of the province Zahedan has topped illiteracy with 1.64% of the population below poverty line in Iran. General Director of the population, family and schools’ health. Also added that Sistan and Balochistan have 14 percent of death rate (70 thousand) of women between the ages of 18 and 35 years old while giving birth, the most common cause of death for women in this state.
In 2013, the poverty rate under one Dollar was 0.01% of the total population. And Sistan, Balochistan, and Yazd have had the highest rate with 6%. Those living with less than one Dollar in rural areas is 6% of that population with Yazd province capturing 37% of that as the highest rate. In 2013, those living with less than $25 was 2% of the total population with Sistan and Balouchistan Province holding the highest rate at 2 %. Those living with less than $125 were 6% of the population in 2013 with 41% held by Sistan and Balouchestan with the highest rate.
The Afghan Tribune | Web Desk| Published: February 27, 2016, 11:02 AM