The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Horror and Barbarism against Women

Feb 6, 2012

In 2006, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 44 and the mother of two children, was condemned to death by stoning for adultery and the murder of her husband. She has always proclaimed her innocence.

The following year, the penalty for murder was reduced to ten years in prison. There remains the death penalty by stoning for adultery, an atrocity imposed on women since 1979 when the religious authorities seized power.

In 2010, faced with international protests, the Iranian regime announced the suspension of her execution, but not its repeal.

Today, the self-proclaimed chief justice of the province where she’s being held announced that for “technical” reasons the death penalty by stoning has been converted to ... hanging.

Everything must be done so that Sakineh escapes this barbarism, so that she’s freed and acquitted. And everything done so that women are freed from this inhumanity.