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A Tribute to Dr. Parvin Darabi

Parvin on Different Issues
A Tribute to Dr. Parvin Darabi
Compiled by Ahreeman X
January 12, 2007

Parvin on Different Issues: Opinions, Interviews and Articles

Who is Dr. Pavin Darabi?

Parvin is my dear comrade. Parvin Darabi is the founder and president of "Dr. Homa Darabi's Foundation", one of the leading Iranian Organizations fighting for the rights of Iranian and Middle Eastern Women and basically women in general. There are many brave women of Iran who are fighting the Islamic Regime via Armed Struggle and Covert Operations. Also, there are many Iranian women who are fighting the Islamic Beast on the political front, Parvin Darabi is one of them. Parvin has been a firm believer in women's rights, exposing the true face of Islam and political struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Parvin has been a Women's Rights Activist and a solid member of the Iranian Opposition for many years. She is a free woman, a liberated woman (Zani Azadeh), an intelligent woman and a reliable comrade. Through the years, she has proven her sincerity in fighting for the cause. I can proudly call her a Comrade. I strongly recommend for All, to visit her site, read her enlightening articles and to read her book, Rage Against The Veil. By reading her material, you will get a different view on the lives of The Muslim Women, an inside look! Visit her index page and site:

Dr. Parvin Darabi Index

Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation

More power to Parvin and other comrades from Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation

Dr. X

What is Dr. Homa Darabi's Foundation?

Dr. Homa Darabi's Foundation is a non-profit organization, independent from all present political, social and religious factions with goal and objective to promote the Rights of women and children as defined by the Universal Declaration of the United Nations 1948 General Assembly.

* To Separate Church and State
* To Establish Democracy
* To Abolish Gender Apartheid and to Establish the Equality of the Sexes

Parvin Darabi on Different Issues

Dariush Foruhar, Jebhe Meli Iran and its Side-Kick Political Parties, Reza Pahlavi II, and …
(quotes from a dialogue with Parvin on July 20, 2003)

On her sister, Dr. Homa Darabi:
"When her Party Leader (Dariush Foruhar - Pan Iranist Party) took advantage of the new Islamic guide lines and took a second wife, Homa became devastated and totally broke away from all politics. She then devoted her time to her profession as a Medical Doctor."

On 2nd wife of Dariush Foruhar:
"Dear AX,
Yes that is what I am saying. Once the Islamic Republic was established, Dariush Frouhar took a second wife. Later he divorced her. I have stated this, many times and also in my book Rage Against the Veil. I believe I have named him there. As you must know by now I am not very good in being politically correct since I use my real name for my anti-Islamic activities."

On 2nd wife's name:
"This I do not know. It was irrelevant to me what her name was at the time because it did not matter. Now that Dariush and Parvaneh were both killed in such tragic way I don't have the guts to ask the family. All I know was that she was a wealthy woman."

On allowing IPC to publish her statements:
"Please do. I have mentioned this over Iranian radio and television stations many times."

On her relation to Foruhars:
"Dear Ahreeman,
I did tell you that Dariush Foruhar married a second wife right after the establishment of the Islamic Republic. Parvaneh his first wife was related to us. Her mother and my father were first cousins. Parvaneh told my sister about this since they were such good friends and comrades. Also no one has ever challenged me on this subject."

On Pan Iranist Party (back then on 2003, a Side Kick Party of Jebhe Meli; however, now, same as everyone else, they had distant themselves from Jebhe Meli):
"Most of the pan-Iranist members have told me that Dariush had made a mistake and that we should forgive him for that because his first wife did so. Also when Parvaneh attended the Iranian Women Studies conference in Seattle I believe it was 1998 and was confronted with this issue she did not deny it. She stated that it was a ploy. In addition all the family knows about it. And we were all so disgusted with Dariush for his action. Believe me if this was not true, Dariush's followers had either sued me in the court of law or had already killed me."

On Jebhe Meli Iran:
I am not for Jebhe Meli or any other faction in Iran. Our work is for women's right and that is about it. I have been living out of Iran for 40 years and have no idea what the Iranians living in Iran want. But as a woman and an ex-Muslim woman I know what women have to go through in their oppressive lives. So my work is to expose Islam and its Sharia regarding women. I think it was outrageous for some one like Bazargan of jebhe Melli to see Khomeini's picture in the moon. If an ignorant person had said that I would not think much of it but from an educated man, a leader of a country, that is not excusable."

On Abol Hassan BaniSadr:
"Or BaniSadr for saying that women's hair radiates a ray that excites men so women must cover their hair if they do not want to get raped. These men or men like them are not leaders they are self serving men whose only goal was or is power and money."

On Marz-e Por Gohar Party (back then on 2003, MPG was another Side Kick Party of Jebhe Meli; however, now, same as everyone else, they had distant themselves from Jebhe Meli):
"I also am not a member of Marz-e Por Gohar. I know some of their members and on some issues that relates to women's rights, we certainly work with them."

On Reza Pahlavi II:
"Yes, aside from being superficial, this fellow is also extremely coward. I recall this convention in which he was also present. He was reluctant to fully respond to people's questions. While we were sitting near the tribune and in middle of the hall, he was uneasy and even with a bodyguard and entourage, he chose to sit with his group at a table near the exit door, so in case of an incident, he would be the first out the door! As you said, in times of crisis, Pahlavis have a history of being the first, out the door …"

On her Duty and Goal:
"Our objective is to bring freedom and equality to women of Iran and to achieve this objective we must inform women of the true nature of Islam and its inhumane treatment of women."

Darabi, Parvin, President of Homa Darabi Foundation

Parvin Darabi on Bill O'Reilly's Factor

Fox News: Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, 6/24/1999
Partial Transcript:

O'REILLY: In the Unresolved Problems Segment tonight, American FBI agents have now arrived in the Balkans to document war crimes, and one of those crimes is rape, much of it allegedly done by the occupying Serb army and the police. But when a woman is raped in Kosovo, in the Balkans, she is not only a victim. She can become an outcast. Joining us now from Sacramento is Parvin Darabi, the author of the book "Rage Against the Veil."

Explain to us among Muslim Kosovar women what is the problem as far as saying, "Look, I just got violated. It was a terrible crime committed against me." Why can't that happen as it does happen in the West?

PARVIN DARABI, DR. HOMA DARABI FOUNDATION: Well, the problem comes from the Arab and Islamic tradition or culture that, if a woman gets raped, it is her fault because she provoked it or she was somehow involved in this.

O'REILLY: But that can't possibly be the mindset in Kosovo where everyone knows the Serb army was in charge in brutalizing the people. How could anyone think that?

DARABI: Well, the thing is that the woman should have killed herself before she got raped because rape is considered the violation of the man's honor, man's dignity, man's social standing, and man's moral standing. Everything with the man, has to do … is linked to the woman's vagina, and that...

O'REILLY: But sure -- OK, but surely -- surely any clear-thinking human being would know it's not the woman's fault if soldiers drag her away. Surely they would know that.

DARABI: Well -- but this is also in the Islamic tradition. A woman that gets raped should commit suicide, and if she doesn't commit suicide, then she values her own life above the honor of the family.

O'REILLY: So, Ms. Darabi, you're saying to me that women are expected to commit suicide if they are raped by...

DARABI: Exactly. Exactly. It is -- it's the worst thing that can happen. This -- because a woman -- like, for instance, if a woman gets cancer, then that is something done to her alone, and she dies. But when she gets raped, she has done something to the whole family, to the family honor, to the family dignity, to the family social standing, and so on and so forth. So, if she can then commit suicide, then she would wash this shame off with her blood, and then the family can restore their dignity.

O'REILLY: Are you -- are you telling me that in the world today that this is the predominant thinking in Muslim countries all over the world?

DARABI: All over the world in Muslim countries, this is the way things are.


Women should protect their vagina in a...

O'REILLY: Until the death.

DARABI: Until the death...

Who is Parvin Darabi?

"...Rage Against the Veil, by Parvin Darabi and Romin P. Thomson (Prometheus Books)
"Homa Darabi [sister of Parvin Darabi] was a respected psychiatrist and professor whose devotion to her country was the death of her. Subtitled 'The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident,' this book is a very personal and emotional portrait of a woman who began her adult life with fearless determination and ended it in despair. In the view of the author, her sister, it was the smothering unfairness of Islamic fundamentalist rule in Iran that wore her down... Parvin Darabi also has established a foundation in her sister's name..."

Who was Dr. Homa Darabi?

A brief biography of Dr. Homa Darabi

Dr. Homa Darabi was born, premature by two months, to Eshrat Dastyar, a child bride, married at thirteen and Esmaeil Darabi in January of 1940, in Tehran, Iran.

She completed her elementary and high school education in Tehran and immediately entered the University of Tehran, School of Medicine after passing the university's entrance exam in 1959. She was in the first 150 out of thousands of students who took the examination and the 300 who were accepted (Medical School's capacity).

She became quite active in politics in order to bring human rights and equal status for women during her freshman year, and was arrested and imprisoned for a while in 1960 during the students' protest against the oppressive regime toward women.

She married her classmate Manuchehr Keyhani, presently a prominent hematologist, in 1963. They brought to this world two intelligent and bright daughters.

Following the completion of her studies at the University of Tehran, Dr. Darabi practiced for two years in Bahmanier, a village in northern Iran. In 1968 she passed the Education Council Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) examination and came to the United States to further her education in Pediatrics. She later specialized in Psychiatry and then in child-psychiatry and was licensed to practice medicine in the States of New Jersey, New York and California. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in mid 1970's.

Due to pressures from her husband, family and her feeling of giving back to the country what she had taken (the cost of her education), she returned to Iran in 1976 and was immediately appointed as a professor at the University of Tehran School of Medicine.

Dr. Homa Darabi was the first Iranian who was ever able to pass the board in Child-Psychiatry in U.S. and was the one who established the Psychiatric Clinic of Shahid Sahami in Tehran.

Although she was one of the strong supporters of the revolution, she also opposed the estabishment of Islamic Republic. When her Party Leader took advantage of the new Islamic guide lines and took a second wife, Homa became devastated and totally broke away from all politics. She then devoted her time to her profession as a Medical Doctor.

In 1990, she was fired from her position as a professor at the School of Medicine at Tehran University due to her non compliance to the Islamic rules of hijab (Covering up of Women).

She was later harassed in her practice for the same reason. She finally had to close down her practice and become a housewife for the first time in her life.

Under pressures from the parents, Dr. Darabi had to give the label of "mentally incapacitated" to so many perfectly intelligent, bright young girls so that they could be saved from the tortures of the zealots (150 strokes of whip for things such as wearing make-up or lipstick).

When a 16 year old girl was shot to death in Northern Tehran for wearing lipstick about a month prior to her death, Dr. Darabi could no longer handle the guilt she felt about her favorable involvement in the Iranian Revolution, and the way women were being treated in Iran, she finally decided to protest the oppression of women by setting herself on fire in a crowded square in northern Tehran, on February 21, 1994. Her last cry was:

Death to Tyranny, Long Live Liberty,
Long Live Iran.

She came to this world prematurely, and died prematurely.
The book, "Rage Against the Veil" Prometheus Books, 1999 is a detailed account of the life and death of this courageous woman.

Compiled by Dr. X

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