In September I wrote a piece on violence against women called A Woman’s Place, and noted how Iranian authorities were acting in a particularly barbaric way by condemning a woman to death for adultery.
“Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, was convicted in 2006 of having an “illicit relationship” with two men and received 99 lashes as her sentence. She has now been convicted of “adultery” and is sentenced to death by stoning.
In the subsequent month or so the international community has reacted quite strongly to this inhumane sentence and Iranian authorities held off. But according to the International Committee Against Stoning she is to be executed today.
According to news received by the International Committee against Stoning and International Committee against Execution on 1 November 2010, the authorities in Tehran have given the go ahead to Tabriz prison for the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. It has been reported that she is to be executed this Wednesday 3 November.
The news report states she is to be hanged for murder. One might think the Iranian authorities have concocted this charge and execution to deal with this situation quickly. To make this problem go away.
Again they demonstrate their lack of basic humanity. There are no words one can express that can come close to adequately expressing the terrible crime of taking another person’s life. To do so for political and religious reasons is as far from being truly religious as one can get.
This is yet another example of the mindless violence against women that plagues the world and continues to breaks the heart. I can only hope this story is in error somehow.