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Justice Cold As Stone

The sentencing of a woman in Iran and some thoughts on India

Justice Cold As Stone
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Justice Cold As Stone
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They say there’s no limit to human endurance; there’s no limit, either, to human cruelty. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian widow with two children, having received 99 lashes that helped extract from her a confession of adultery, and having spent five years in jail on that charge, was sentenced by a religious court to be stoned to death. Ashtiani’s son appealed to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s Supreme Leader, but he refused to intervene, not wanting to do anything that would imply disrespect for the judiciary’s independence. This is hilarious—if only you can forget that a woman’s life is involved. A few governments from across the globe—as far as I know, India wasn’t among them and South Block possibly does not want to intrude on Iran’s sovereignity—expressed outrage and the Iranian government has finally relented and said Ashtiani will not be stoned to death. It isn’t clear if this means she is reprieved or if she will undergo some other punishment....

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