Iranian security forces have arrested a Baha'i psychologist and translator, Newsha Badie Sabet, in the northern city of Babol, according to information received by IranWire, amid an intensifying clampdown on the religious minority.
Agents of the Intelligence Department of Mazandaran province visited on August 15 the residence of a Baha'i woman named Suzan Eid Mohammadzadegan and apprehended Badie Sabet, who was her guest.
Badie Sabet, a resident of Tehran, was taken to an undisclosed location. The reasons for her arrest are unknown.
Some sources reported that Eid Mohammadzadegan was also arrested.
Badie Sabet is the author of a book titled “Narrative Therapy: Utilizing Narrative Techniques to Enhance Cognitive and Emotional Growth in Traumatized Children.”
On August 16, the Baha'i International Community (BIC) denounced a “new wave of repression” targeting Baha’is, saying that approximately 60 members of the religious minority have been arrested or imprisoned in recent weeks. Eighteen have faced interrogations, 59 Baha’i-owned businesses were reportedly sealed by the authorities and the homes of nine others were raided and searched.
Shia Islam is the state religion in Iran. The constitution recognizes several minority faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, but not the Baha'i faith.
The Baha’i community claims to have more than seven million followers worldwide, including some 300,000 in Iran.