Mentally-ill girl who was sold for sex faces death penalty in Iran
A teenage girl with a mental age of eight is facing the death penalty for prostitution in Iran. The trial comes only four months after the hanging of another mentally ill girl for sex before marriage in a case that has prompted a human rights lawyer to prepare a charge of wrongful execution against the presiding judge.
The girl, known as Leyla M, is in prison while the Supreme Court decides on her "acts contrary to chastity," among the most serious charges under Iranian law. Under the penal code, girls as young as nine and boys as young as 15 can be executed.
If this can be condoned, then the world really is going down the drain. Just wondering, are there people out there who still sing the praises of the revolution?
Source: [The Independent]
Okay, okay, a happy post is on its way. Stay tuned;-)
Tash, I logged on to read or view something beautiful and I got all this doom and gloom! Give us something happy please!
No worries, they won’t kill the girl. Every time we manage to make some noise they are forced to stop the sentence. That other girl who was executed wasn’t lucky, everyone learned of the story after her death. I wonder how many cases go unnoticed each year, especially in remote towns.
BTW, now only people above 18 can be executed (or so we hear) and the minimum age for criminal conviction has been jacked up to 15 for both boys and girls.
Shadi Sadr has a nice purple (blame her husband) weblog/website here. Best viewed in IE, the English section doesn’t work.