Tuesday, January 10

Iran: Muslims Hang Teen Girls, Plan Another

In Iran, Nazanin, the victim of a sexual assault, tried to defend herself against her rapists. Muslim males also tried to rape her niece who was with her at the time.

Etemaad, the Iranian-run newspaper, reported that the 17-year-old "confessed to stabbing one of three men who had attacked the pair along with their boyfriends while they were spending some time in a park west of the Iranian capital in March 2005."

In the fracas, the boy friends got on their motorbikes and fled, leaving the two girls defenseless. With that, rapists proceeded with their attacks.

Three Muslims "pushed her and her 16-year-old niece Somayeh onto the ground and tried to rape them." She then took a knife, stabbing one of the men’s hand. The men continued with the attack.

As the girls attempted to run from the park, the men bodily got hold of them again. Nazanin then stabbed one of the men in the chest. "The teenage girl broke down in tears in court as she explained that she had no intention of killing the man but was merely defending herself and her younger niece from rape."

The decision of the court? Nazanin will be hanged to death.

-J. Grant Swank, Jr.

No where in the world and under no law self defense is considered to be a crime, but in the tyrannical mullacracy of Iran if a woman does not resist rape she will be stoned as adulterer and if she does she will be hanged.

Please complain to the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner. tb-petitions@ohchr.org and ask them to pressure Iran to free Nazanin.

-Ali Sina

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