Fateme Asadi

Fateme Asadi (Persian: فاطمه اسدی, romanizedFāṭmh Asdī; 1960–1984) was an Iranian woman who was tortured and killed by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)[2][3] when she was attempting to obtain the release of her husband, who was detained by the group.[4] Her remains, found 37 years later in 2021,[5] were buried in the Chehel Cheshmeh mountains in Divandarreh district and identified by a DNA test.[6] She is reportedly the first Iranian woman victim since the Iran–Iraq War, whose missing body was recovered.[7] She was labelled a martyr by Iranian media.[8][5]

Fateme Asadi
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Bagherabad village, Divandarreh, Kurdistan Province, Iran
Died1984 (aged 24)
Known forThe first Iranian female victim whose missing body was located and recovered after the Iran–Iraq War
  • Keshvar Mahmoudi[1]
  • Baha'oddin Mahmoudi (died when he was 6 months, while his mother was in PDKI custody[1])

Early life and deathEdit

Fateme Asadi was born in 1960 in Bagherabad village, Divandarreh, Kurdistan Province, Iran.[3] Asadi's husband dug wells for Hosseinabad village, Sanandaj, at the request of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) headquarters.[4] The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) accused him of being an IRGC spy. He was held on this pretext and transported by the militia to the Dowlatou prison. The militants asked for 200,000 tomans, which Fateme Asadi collected by selling her belongings.[9] She was, however, held by the KDPI militants when she was handing over the money. She spent a month in detention where she was harassed and tortured before she was shot dead.[4]

Fateme Asadi's remains were found on 7 November 2021 during explorations in the Chehel Cheshmeh mountains in Divandarreh district, Iran.[5]


The funeral of Fateme Asadi in Sanandaj, 2021.

Asadi's funeral was held at Imam Reza shrine on 11 November 2021 and the next day at Fatima Masumeh Shrine.[10] Another funeral was held for her on 16 November 2021, from Azadi square in Sanadaj, to her resting place in Hajar Khatoon Mosque.[8]


The Fateme Asadi Award was announced covering rural women artists in the fields of performing arts, cinema, visual arts, decorative arts, hand-woven carpets, clothes and music. Rural women writers who have authored or translated books, stories and poetry can also apply for this award. Rural media activists, women in charge of rural non-governmental organizations, notable active women in the field of rural management, rural sportswomen, and women preachers and promoters of Quranic culture are among the other pillars of this award.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Words from a girl who reunited with her mother recently". ISNA (in Persian). 10 December 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  2. ^ "The end of 37 years of awaiting". Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b "How Fateme Asadi's body was explored in "The Adventure" documentary". Mehr News Agency (in Persian). 17 December 2021. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "When the discovery news of Fateme Asadi's body was given to her daughter". Tasnim (in Persian). Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "The announcement of Martyr Asadi award in Sanandaj". Bushehr branch of Ministry of Culture and Islamic guidance. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Huj. Shahriari visits holy shrine of Imamzadeh Hajareh Khatoun, grave of Fatemeh Asadi in Sanandaj (photo)". Taghrib News Agency (TNA). 5 December 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Iran To Bury Terror Victim Fatemeh Asadi – Iran Front Page". ifpnews.com. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  8. ^ a b "The funeral of Martyr Fateme Asadi will be held tomorrow in Sanandaj". Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  9. ^ "The sacred body of the first missing lady martyr was found". Farsnews. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Farewell with the body of Martyr Fateme Asadi at Hazrat Masoumeh shrine". Mehr News Agency (in Persian). 12 November 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2022.