Saturday, August 28, 2004

In the Year 2004

Warning: This post is not comfortable to read.

In Iran, a young woman or a teenaged girl has been publibly hanged for adultery. The man who supposedly was her co-criminal in this act received one hundred lashes and was then released.

Ateqeh Sahaleh was hanged in public on Simetry Street and Rah Ahan Street at the city center after a sham trial, in which she was accused of committing "acts incompatible with chastity." The teenage victim had no access to a lawyer at any stage and efforts by her family to retain one were to no avail. Ateqeh personally defended herself. She told the religious judge, Haji Rezaii, that he should punish those who force women into adultery, not the victims. The judge used harsh words to scold her for the way she had dressed.

It is likely that Ateqeh Sahaleh was sixteen years old when she died.

Rezaii, the religious judge who issued the original sentence, personally pursued Ateqeh's death sentence, beyond all normal procedures. He personally put the noose around her neck as she was taken to the gallows. After Ateqeh was hanged, Rezai said her offense did not call for execution, but that he had her executed for her "sharp tongue".

He had her executed for her "sharp tongue".

Link from Colombemi