You probably remember my post about the movie “The Stoning of Soraya M”. It’s actually the top visited post on Ad Astra Per Aspera. I am glad this topic gains more and more attention.
Seems like the story of Soraya M encouradged Sajjad Ashtiani, the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to fight against his mother’s stoning. Sakineh could be stoned to death any day now. Sajjad Ashtiani mobilized an international attention to help her mother and prevent such brutal actions in the future.
Iran is facing growing international pressure from International community, human rights groups who are demanding the release of an Iranian woman who faces imminent death by stoning. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been convicted of having “illicit relationships” with two men. A 43-year-old mother of two, convicted of adultery in Iran, may be stoned to death unless a last-minute campaign saves her.
Human-rights campaigners say that Ashtiani was under duress when she confessed to adultery.
Ashtiani has been in prison since May 2006, when she was convicted of adultery and sentenced to 99 lashes. Later that year she was accused of murdering her husband. Those charges were dropped, but an inquiry into the adultery charge was reopened. Sajjad Ashtiani told CNN that he visits his mother every Monday in jail, never knowing whether that meeting will be their last.
However, Iran’s government is denying reports that Sakineh will be executed by stoning, though her death sentence may still be carried out by some other method. In the Islamic republic’s first public statement on the case of Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani, the Iranian Embassy in London, England, said Thursday that “this mission denies the false news aired in this respect and … according to information from the relevant judicial authorities in Iran, she will not be executed by stoning punishment.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!…
“It is notable that this kind of punishment has rarely been implemented in Iran and various means and remedies must be probed and exhausted to finally come up with such a punishment,” the embassy said.
But Ashtiani still faces the possibility of execution for her 2006 adultery conviction, said Drewery Dyke of Amnesty International in London. “We have noted in the past that those who have been sentenced to stonings have gone on to be hanged,” he said. “That remains a concern.”
If you wish to take action against the practice of stoning sign this petition.
As the finale of this post I leave you the soundtrack of “The Stoning of Soraya M.” This breathtaking and tragic melody still can not make us understand how a human being feels being stoned to death, however it’s our obligation to raise our voice and fight against such crimes. Our indifference is no less sin then stoning a person to death. Our indifference can also kill the person!