Women Around the World Are Being Stoned to Death; Under Islamic Penal Code
Stoning [Rajm in Arabic] to death is a barbaric act from a primitive societies in the world,women have become victims of honor killing in the world.
Recently, an Afghan woman, identified as Rokhsana, has been stoned to death in central Afghanistan after being accused of adultery, news agencies stated. Rokhsana had been allegedly forced to marry against her will and fled with another man, Afghan officials said. She, 19-year-old, was allegedly accused of trying to elope with another man but detained, tried and executed in a Taliban-controlled area, confirmed Ghor’s governor, Seema Jowenda, to the reporters.
A 30-second online video was appearing to show the punishment has been released online. “It shows a woman in a hole in the ground surrounded by turbaned men who hurl stones at her,” BBC said. The man she was accused of eloping with was flogged.
The sickening event had been happened about a week ago in “Taliban control” area just outside Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor Province.
Officials in Ghor told the medias that “this is the first incident in the area [this year] by local religious leaders and armed warlords, but will not be the last.
“There is no any legal penalty for Mulla’s sodomy, buggers, multiple marriages for men, forced marriage against juvenile girls, selling of unmarried girls to become wives, domestic violence against women, disobeying of the rules, drug smuggling, artefacts trafficking, robbery and embezzlement in my country. However, love is a crime for women which is punishable by stoning; she had not committed to crime as murder or illegal attitudes. Her only crime was love shack and live freely; killing an innocent girl is an honor for men in my country“, Sahar Samet an Afghan journalist stated in her Facebook account.
In March, another Afghan woman named Farkhunda was savagely beaten and set ablaze in Kabul after being falsely accused of burning a copy of Quran.
On July 11, 2013, a young mother of two called Arifa Bibi was stoned to death in a village in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan. She was sentenced to death by stoning by a Pakistani tribal court, and was executed at the hands of her family. Her family included uncles, cousins and other relatives threw stones at Arifa until she died, all because she had a cell phone.
The Asian Human Rights Commission received news regarding the murder of Ms. Shamim Akhtar, 50, who worked for the social welfare organization in Tando Jam, Sindh Province. She was brutally chopped to death by her husband Mr. Sajid Mahmood and Usman Lodhi, a police constable, on June 4, 2013. Her younger sister Ms. Tasleem Akhtar, 40, also was gunned down by three armed men at 11:30 a.m on 29 June. Shamim was punished by the police because she had raised awareness of the murder of a Hindu young man in the Gulashan Hali police station by brutal tortures. She was always fighting against the police brutality.
Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, 23-year-old girl, was killed on Monday, 27 October 2008, by a group of 50 men who stoned her to death in a stadium in the southern port of Kismayu, in front of around 1,000 spectators, Amnesty International declared. She was accused of adultery in breach of the Islamic Laws; Aisha had in fact been raped by three men, and it was this act that eventuated in her being accused of adultery and arrested, her relatives said AI.
On 19 October 2015, a woman, who allegedly gave birth out of wedlock, was convicted to death by stoning in the Maldives’ top court. However, the verdict was quashed by the Supreme Court, but the island nation had previously carried flogging sentences to those convicted of extramarital sex. In 2013, a 15-year-old girl sentenced to 100 lashes after being guilty of premarital sex; the High Court later overturned the verdict because she had been wrongly convicted.
An Iranian woman Sakineh Ashtiani, who was convicted to the capital punishment of conducting an illicit relationship outside marriage in 2006, freed after having about ten years in Tabriz prison. The alleged adultery convicted woman was arrested in 2005 on charges of adultery and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of her husband. She was sentenced to death by stoning [the sentence was to be implemented in July 2010] but the Iranian authorities indicated in December 2011 that they intend to go ahead with her execution by hanging.
Accordingly, the true story of Soraya, who was stoned to death in Iran nearly 35 years ago, got made as a movie by Iranian stars. “She is drenched in blood and crumpled on the ground, mutilated face partially obscured by a mass of dark hair” Daily Mail described a part of movie [the moment of execution by stoning].
A married Saudi Arabian princess has been given asylum because she had an illegitimate child by a British man, Daily Mail said in 2009. The news agency added that if she returned home she would face being stoned to death for adultery, as she claimed.
Women in general have problems all over the countries control by Sharia laws, but in areas control by Taliban and ISIS even more conservative trend overcome. The illegal judicial systems often victimize women in the Islamic countries. Adultery is a capital offense in the countries under the Sharia Laws and punishable by stoning, hanging and flogging which is gaining attention of Human Rights groups and people throughout the world.
In Nigeria (in one-third of the country’s states), Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Iran, stoning is a legal penalty [Hudud punishment].
If we want to compare women rights in the countries govern by Islamic rules with that of western women, we can see huge disparities as the Muslim women are still denied their basic fundamental rights. The women are treated as second-class citizens, but authorities chose to ignore it as well. The basic civil rights chosen to reject women accessing rights as entering stadiums, gender barriers in the market, no control on their bodies and leaving the country without their husband permission.
Background of the adultery punishment*
The Code of Hammurabi (18th-century bc) in Babylonia provided a punishment of death by drowning for adultery. In ancient Greece and in Roman law, an offending female spouse could be killed, but men were not severely punished. The Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions are all unequivocal in their condemnation of adultery [Zina].
By: Kaveh Taheri