[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Post-e Tehran

[Date:] 7 Aban 1334 [30 October 1955]

[Issue No.:] 724

 

The owners of an opium den were imprisoned, and [the centre of] the Baha’i assembly turned into the rehabilitation centre

Borujerd – The meeting of the second commission for [illegible] combating the growth and consumption of opium, was held with the presence of the governor general, the heads of departments, and local authorities, on Sunday, 30 Mehr [1334] [20 October 1955] following the previous call by the governor at the meeting hall of the Governor’s Office.

The governor stated, “Although, during the inspection that took place, in the company of the head of the police and the head of health services, no applicators for opium consumption were found; however, to combat opium consumption completely, drug rehabilitation must be promoted. The head of health services said, “Already, ten thousand opium withdrawal pills have arrived from the headquarters and will be given to the addicts, free of charge. The issue of taking care of the addicts was raised; since there was no suitable place available to hospitalize them, it was agreed that the [centre of the] Baha’is, being suitable in all aspects, would be allocated for this purpose and be made available to the Department of Health. Since, every day, operators of the opium dens would deceitfully find a way to set up their opium consumption elsewhere, it was agreed that, all those ten [operators] be detained and imprisoned. Presently, there are two mobile squads consisting of the representatives of the municipality, governor’s office and Department of Justice, who, along with the police force, patrol the city morning and evening, with the aim of arresting and prosecuting the operators of the opium dens.