Ayatollah Seyyed Jaafar Karimi was among the persons assigned by the Imam to look into prison conditions, as this issue was creating plenty of problems for us.
One day Karimi came to see me and said: “We went to visit Hessarak Prison (or Qezel Hessar), near Mardabad. We saw a door that was covered with a black blanket and a rug. Inside, it was so dark you could not tell the day from night. About ten prisoners were being held in that room. We came across a girl, one of the prisoners, who was eating her own feces.
She had been so much tortured and harassed that she had become deranged. But they were still keeping her in jail.”
[The girl was among a group of “200 to 300 girls who had been arrested essentially for having read the Mojahedin's statements.”]