Iran Says It Will Not Stone Widow To Death

July 9th, 2010 - 7:01 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
iranJuly 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian widow who was waiting in jail for the day when the authorities would stone her to death, can now be in peace. She will no longer be subjected to such inhuman torture with international help on her side.

The children of the 43-year-old widow, all adults, had taken the help of international organizations to withdraw the punishment that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had to face. She was sent to jail to be put to death by stoning after it was alleged that the widow engaged in adultery. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has already been subjected to whipping, with reports saying that she was lashed for a minimum of 99 times, during her stay in jail. According to reports circulating in the media, the government of Iran is of the opinion that adultery is a ‘crime’ and that anybody engaging in it should be punished.

However, now that there is international intervention and the big foreign powers have spoken out against the stoning policy adopted by the government of Iran, authorities in the country are now in denial of any such policy being adopted in the first place. It is being said that Iran will now undertake other steps to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani since their first attempt at punishing has come under the international scanner.

Her sons and daughters now fear that their mother may be hanged to death if quick measures are not taken to bring her out of prison. The Embassy of Iran in London also denied that their government wanted to undertaken any such step as “stoning” to punish the woman.

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