In Iran, which hosts at least 1 million Afghan refugees and seasonal laborers, the fate of an Afghan migrant doesn’t normally make media headlines.
The slaying of a 6-year-old girl outside Tehran is a tragic exception.
Setayesh Qoreishi was allegedly killed by her teenage Iranian neighbor in Varamin, prompting an outpouring of angry responses from ordinary Iranians, prominent figures, and officials alike.
Reports have circulated on social media that the girl was sexually assaulted prior to her killing, adding to the outrage. But while police say a 17-year-old teenager confessed to murder during interrogation, they have not confirmed whether a sexual assault occurred.