Monday, January 08, 2007


Just got this petition from a friend. An eighteen year old Iranian girl faces the death sentence for unintentionally stabbing to death one of three men who tried to rape her and her niece.

Urgent action is needed to help save a young life whose only crime was an attempt to defend herself. Nazanin and many like her are caught between two undesirable options. On one hand, Iranian Penal Code severely limits the possibility of using 'self-defense' as a legitimate defence to aggression. On the other hand, if Nazanin had allowed the rape to take place, she could still be imprisoned, flogged or stoned for having sex outside of marriage unless four male witnesses to the actual rape would testify on her behalf.
More coverage here.

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