Jerusalem, July 20 (ANI): In a startling disclosure, a serving member of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's loyal militia, has revealed how his duty required him to temporarily marry and rape young Iranian girls before executing them.
In Iran, it is illegal to execute a young woman, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a wedding ceremony is conducted the night before the execution, and the young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard, he said.
"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal. Because I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their "wedding" night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die," The Jerusalem Post quoted him, as saying.
The Basiji member who joined the militia at the age of 16 says that the scream of young women still haunts him.
"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her," he said.
Founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 as a "people"s militia," the volunteer Basiji force is subordinate to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and intensely loyal to Khomeini"s successor, Khamenei.
The member, now married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention.
He had been held for the "crime" of having set free two Iranian teenagers - a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl - who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections.
"There have been many other police and members of the security forces arrested because they have shown leniency toward the protesters out on the streets, or released them from custody without consulting our superiors," he said. (ANI)