Documenting the journey of a Cameroonian filmmaker
The penalty for adultery under Article 83 of the penal code, called the Law of Hodoud is flogging (100 lashes of the whip) for unmarried male and female offenders. Married offenders may be punished by stoning regardless of their gender, but the method laid down for a man involves his burial up to his waist, and for a woman up to her neck (article 102). The law provides that if a person who is to be stoned manages to escape, he or she will be allowed to go free. Since it is easier for a man to escape, this discrimination literally becomes a matter of life and death.
Interestingly, Article 6 (2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran has ratified, states: “Sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the commission of the crime.” Offenses for which the Law of Hodoud provides the death penalty do not involve murder or serious bodily harm, constituting the “most serious crimes”.
Article 104 of the Law of Hodoud provides that the stones should not be so large that a person dies after being hit with two of them, nor so small as to be defined as pebbles, but must cause severe injury. This makes it clear that the purpose of stoning is to inflict grievous pain on the victim, in a process leading to his or her slow death.
15-years old child bride stoned to death after being accused by her elderly husband of committing adultery.
In Iraq, 17-year-old Du’a Khalil Aswad condemned to death as an “honor killing” by other men in her family and hard-line religious leaders because of her relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy.
This is horrific beyond words. How can they justify this as what Allah wants? What kind of God asks you to do something so cruel to your ilk? And the discrimination in the act itself is just baffling. Men are buried up to their waist while women are buried up to their neck. How then can the woman even attempt to escape? Oh God! There are some very sick people out there. God help us all!
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