In the past few days I’ve read a couple of news items about death sentences in Iran. But I’m not going to comment on that.

I mean, what can you say about a teenage girl being sentenced to death, because she was forced into prostitution since she was eight years old. What can you say about the fact that this 19-year old girl, who is mentally disabled, and has been raped and molested since she was 8, has been charged with “acts contrary to chastity” and giving birth to an illegitimate child. So, according to the Sharia, the girl, Leyla M., is sentenced to death by hanging. But of course, hanging is not enough, so she will first receive 95 lashes with a steel cable whip! What can you say…?

(Sources: the Dutch news item from FOK! and the press release by Amnesty.)

I will also not comment on this news item on FOK!, which states that a woman named Hajieh Esmailvand was sentenced to death, for adultery with a man, who was at the time a 17-year old minor. This woman will be executed by lapidation or stoning. As prescribed in detail in the Iranian Penal Code, she will be buried up to her chest (article 102), and the stones used for the execution should “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes” (article 104).
I couldn’t possibly give any sensible and reasonable comment on such a ridiculously medieval judicious system. So I am not going to.

(Press release by Amnesty.)

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 Personal

1 Comment to Lapidation

  1. Don’t comment on it then. You appear somewhat aroused by all this.

  2. Dazzla on January 11th, 2006

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