A recent sentence handed down by Iranian authorities will likely result in the stoning death of an Iranian mother very shortly. Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, will be stoned to death for committing adultery unless an international campaign can intervene right away and pressure Tehran to stop the barbaric stoning.
A broad, public movement has been started by Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty. On Wednesday, Amnesty International made a call to the Iranian government to immediately" halt all executions and commute all death sentences." The group has recorded 126 executions in Iran from the start of this year to June 6, however. The fear remains that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani will be stoned any minute now.
Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be "large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately." It is a slow and torturous way to die.
"We have grave concerns that the punishment does not fit the alleged crime, " Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley said Thursday from Washington, D.C. "For a modern society such as Iran, we think this raises significant human rights concerns."
This certainly should raise concerns about human rights! Can you imagine living in a society that first of all mandates the death penalty for adultery; but even worse allows for a method of being put to death like stoning? The entire philosophy is barbaric and should be illegal.
What do you think? Should stoning be allowed? Should the death penalty be allowed for having committed adultery?
Watch the CNN video report of the impending stoning in Iran.