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Five Iranian girls torch themselves to death: press

Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA -- Five young girls have succumbed to their injuries after torching themselves in several villages in the southern city of Shiraz since their families beat them up and prevented them from going to work, press said Sunday.

One of the victims, identified only as Narges, 23, who was a university graduate in theology, died from severe burns in hospital. She told hospital wardens before her death that she set herself on fire since her father was preventing her from going to work, the press said.

The four others, aged between 14 and 17, cited mistreatment at the hands of their family members who beat them up and were socially fanatic, the Persian daily Jomhuri-ye Eslami said.

They had quit school at junior high school because of the economic and cultural derivation of their families, the paper added.

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