One of the cult-related issues is family. In a destructive cult like the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MEK/ MKO/ PMOI/ Cult Of Rajavi) the destruction of family intimacy is the result of the leader’s absolute influence on members. Members are not allowed to contact their families outside the group.
A large number of MEK members have not contacted their families for over three decades. Many parents have become sick or even died while their children in the cult of Rajavi have not been informed at all.
Roozbeh Atayee is a member of the MEK. His mother Giti Zartoshtian, from Esfahan, Iran, has not visited Roozbeh for twenty years. His father died 15 years ago and the mother is sick now. The MEK leaders dot not want Roozbeh to be aware of his mother’s sickness.
The MEK, very similar to many abusive groups, attempts to either eliminate or destroy emotional bonds between parents and children that might compete for loyalty with the emotional attachments that members feel for leaders, Massoud and Maryam Rajavi.