Sunday, August 22, 2004

If This isn't Evil, Then ...

Nothing is. A 16-year old girl has apparently been hanged after being brought to trial on unspecified charges of "moral corruption" that one has reason to suspect to have meant falling victim to rape.

On Sunday, August 15, a 16-year-old girl in the town of Neka, northern Iran, was executed. Ateqeh Sahaleh was hanged in public on Simetry Street off Rah Ahan Street at the city center.

The sentence was issued by the head of Neka’s Justice Department and subsequently upheld by the mullahs’ Supreme Court and carried out with the approval of Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Shahroudi.

In her summary trial, the teenage victim did not have any lawyer and efforts by her family to recruit a lawyer was to no avail. Ateqeh personally defended herself. She told the religious judge, Haji Rezaii, that he should punish the main perpetrators of moral corruption not the victims.

The judge personally pursued Ateqeh’s death sentence, beyond all normal procedures and finally gained the approval of the Supreme Court. After her execution Rezai said her punishment was not execution but he had her executed for her “sharp tongue”.
Serves her right, eh? How dare she stand up for herself in court! Didn't she realize that she clearly had to have been guilty of "moral corruption" simply by being female and therefore "asking for it?" Now is not the time or the place for arrogant American simplisme, dear friends, we have to see these things from the Iranian point of view, and this impudent young tart was clearly going too far to question why she should have been the one to be put on trial.

PS: Just as I suspected, it was indeed a rape case, or, as they so delicately put it, "engaging in acts incompatible with chastity."