Mandana Karimi has told of the time when she was arrested during a visit to Iran, and even saw her friends being whipped as punishment. She did not receive the punishment because she was injured at the time and had undergone surgery. Mandana spoke with Payal Rohatgi in Kangana Ranaut’s reality soap Lock Upp. (Read also: Payal Rohatgi supports Will Smith over Oscars drama, takes a dig in Munawar)
Mandana and Payal sat together when Mandana said, “I went back to Iran for my friend’s sister’s wedding. So I missed the wedding and then we would all go to Shomal. It’s a place near Tehran. You know how we go to Lonavala. with friends here (it’s such a place). So we went there and in the villa they had a bike. I love cycling so I played with the bike. When I rode on it had an accident at a turn. “
She added, “My knee was badly injured and it all broke. They had to put it all together and I was about to have surgery. I could hear my friends talking and having full masti-time while they waited for me to come out of the operating room. But someone looked at us and realized “you smiled ka kuch nasha hai (these people seem to be drunk)”. When we changed clothes we felt a kick on the door and a female policeman – completely covered – came with a man and asked us “f *** out. I was like “Dude, what happened?” And the guy who arrested us was one of the guys who went to war. “
Mandana then revealed the punishment given to them by the police. “He wanted to teach us a lesson and that guy made me see my friends being whipped. All my friends got 85 lashes and they made me look at it because they could not whip me because I was (injured). He said to “I could not escape everything just because of the injury. I had to see my friends get the lashes. It was my prison experience. That’s why I do not want to be in a country that treats its citizens that way.”
Mandana is Iranian. She has been in India for a while now, but her family – mother, two brothers and a close friend – are at home in Iran.
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