Three women executed in a single day in Iran

Three women executed in a single day in Iran
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A child bride among those executed, says anti-death penalty organization

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO), a Norway-based NGO advocating for the abolition of the death penalty in Iran, reported that three women were murdered on July 27 in Iran. The report named the three women as Senobar Jalali, Soheila Abedi, and Faranak Beheshti. They were executed in three separate prisons where they were incarcerated.

Jalali was sentenced to qisas (an Islamic tradition codified in Iranian law that roughly translates to retribution-in-kind) for the murder of her husband. The exact location of her execution is unknown.

If somebody is convicted of Qisas in Iran, their family is required to choose between death as retribution, Diya (blood money), or forgiveness.

Soheila Abedi was executed in the Sanandaj Central Prison for the murder of her husband. The court that sentenced her cited the reason for the murder of her husband as “family disputes.” But sources speaking to the IHRNGO claimed that she was a child bride who was married off at the age of 15 and ended up killing her husband 10 years later.

Faranak Beheshti was also sentenced to qisas for murdering her husband. According to “informed sources” speaking to the IHRNGO, she was arrested five years ago. She was hanged to death alongside several other male convicts and later identified by the authorities.

IHRNGO estimates that at least 182 women were executed in Iran since 2010. Of those, at least six were child brides and one was a bride offered by one tribe to another to settle a blood feud.

More than 300 people have been executed in Iran in the first seven months of 2022, according to the IHRNGO. Almost 7,000 people have been executed in the country since 2010, which is as far as the data provided by the NGO goes back.

Iran has the second-highest execution rate in the world, following China, and it is one of the top executioners of women.