Homa Darabi

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Homa Darabi
Homa Darabi.jpg
Darabi in 1960
Born(1940-01-16)16 January 1940
Tehran, Iran
Died21 February 1994(1994-02-21) (aged 54)
Tajrish Square, Tehran, Iran
Alma materTehran University
OccupationDoctor, psychiatrist
Known forSelf-immolation in protest of compulsory hijab
Political partyNation Party of Iran
RelativesParvin Darabi (sister)

Homa Darabi (January 1940 – February 21, 1994 in Tehran) was a pediatrician from Iran licensed to practice medicine in New Jersey, New York, and California. Darabi studied medicine in the United States and returned to Iran in 1976 to work as a psychiatrist. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Islamic authorities shut down her office because she had refused to wear the compulsory Islamic dress in the form of chador.[1]

On Monday, February 21, 1994, about a month after a 16-year-old girl was shot to death in Tehran for wearing lipstick, Darabi immolated herself in one of the most well-known squares of Tehran[2] while shouting "Death to Tyranny! Long live freedom! Long live Iran!"[3][dead link]

In the US, her sister Parvin Darabi named the Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation in her memory. Parvin Darabi also co-authored a biography of Dr. Darabi called Rage Against the Veil.[2]

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  1. ^ A Sacrificial Light: Self-Immolation in Tajrish Square, Tehran by Martha Shelley [1] On the Issues Magazine Fall 1994
  2. ^ a b Spirit of protest
  3. ^ ‘Rage’ tells story of personal struggle in Iran