The campus of Ferdowsi University in Mashhad has been the scene of protests for more than two days following news that a female student was assaulted and raped.
The university’s failure to respond or react has triggered widespread outrage among the student body yesterday, when the news of their peer’s ordeal was published. The protests reportedly started at the women’s dorm and later spread across the campus.
The students reportedly chanted slogans against the university president and security and challenged the official silence on the matter.
Student representatives have reportedly been barred from visiting and interviewing the victim. Her close friends have reportedly left the dorm and returned to their cities, even though students are currently in the process of writing their finals.
Initial reports indicate the female victim is a theology major in her fourth year at Ferdowsi University; she was attacked while walking to her campus dorm on Sunday night.