Mahmoud Salem
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I don't know if you have been following the story of Nazanin Fatehi, but it's the iranian girl who when she was 17 had 3 men try to rape her and her 16 year old cousin, so she ended up stabbing and killing one of them in self defense. The Iranian courts, however, didn;t see it this way, and sentenced her to death by hanging. An international campaign to save her life was launched, with more than 330,000 signatures on her online petition alone, and it seems to have finally bore fruit: The court of appeals has exonerated the now 18 year old girl, altough they are demanding that she pays the family of her killer blood money, because apparently killing has was an excessive form of self defense for trying to rape her*. Annoying till the end those iranian judges seem, but nevertheless, the girl is no longer getting hanged nor charged with anything, and if that's not good news, I don't know what is.

* If a girl is raped in Iran, she needs to come up with witnesses that testify that the sex wasn't consentual. Otherwise, she would be just testifying that she had extra-marital sex with a male, and she would be punished and flogged for it. Nice, huh? Yay for Islamic Sharia courts!

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16 thoughts on “Good News: Nazanin exonerated

  1. I heard this story on the news. I’m relieved she was exonerated.

    But about the witness thing – what kind of decent witnesses (and it is plural, right?) are going to stand around watching a girl get raped without trying to stop it?

  2. Do you ever find it odd when countries that stone women to death tell the world that other countries have no right to exist? πŸ™‚

  3. What a sick story – good thing she got off the hook!!!

    Shouldn’t be too hard to raise that kind of money via the net, if some well-known charity organisation would pick up the mantle…

  4. On a side-thought…

    What demands for witnesses are there for men who have been raped by homosexuals? Do they also need to gather up x number of witnesses? Will they be executed for practicing homosexuality if they can’t convince the courts?

  5. “What demands for witnesses are there for men who have been raped by homosexuals? ”

    There are no homosexual rapes. Only ‘victims’ that lured men into an unwanted sexual arousal state.

  6. Blood money?
    How much would 7000000 of basij go for?
    Is there wholesale price?
    I am sure someone somewhere can afford to buy them all.

    Just kidding.

  7. Having four witnesses to a rape is a myth which has nothing to do with Islamic law or sharia. The four witness business (rhyme not intended) relates to applying the “had”” or “”hudud”” law which has to do with consenual sexual relations out of wedlock. In order to prove that a man or woman is guilty of having sex out of wedlock, four witnesses have to be brought forth to prove this, which is ofcourse almost impossible. This is to prevent the accusations that could be levied against men or women unjustly and to serve more as a deterrant because the punishment for sex out of wedlock is extremely harsh. (death I believe). However, the stipulation that four males to come forward and to say they witnessed consensual sexual relations of two other people out of wedlock is really impossible. Anyway, this has nothing to do with rape and I keep reading or hearing references to the four witness business in relation to rape. Rape can be proven through DNA or ofcourse “”any”” one witness, as has been done in Egypt for example. I believe the exception to this case was in Pakistan and Nigeria where they have some weird laws concerning rape that have nothing to do with Islam.

  8. Noona, I guess the Islamic Republic of Iran has nothing to do with Islam, either, then? Kinda ironical, that :O

    The only 100% Islamic government on earth is not based on Islam.

  9. Noona Says:”Having four witnesses to a rape is a myth which has nothing to do with Islamic law or sharia. The four witness business (rhyme not intended) relates to applying the β€œhad”” or β€œβ€hudud”” law which has to do with consenual sexual relations out of wedlock.”

    Actually it applies to “zina” crimes in general not just consentual sexual relations. Now if you like you can try to restrict “zina” to adultery and the like, but my question is simple: if zina does not include rape, what is the Islamic punishment for rape? Islamic law is comprehensive. There is a punishment for everything that needs to be punished. Rape is obviously a crime. So if not zina, what? No doubt you will follow the line of the modern apologists for Islam and claim that is is part of the crime of “banditry” but would you like to think how silly that is before you do it?

    Noona Says:”Anyway, this has nothing to do with rape and I keep reading or hearing references to the four witness business in relation to rape. Rape can be proven through DNA or ofcourse β€œβ€any”” one witness, as has been done in Egypt for example. I believe the exception to this case was in Pakistan and Nigeria where they have some weird laws concerning rape that have nothing to do with Islam.”

    Actually the DNA and the one witness is not Islamic, and modern, not the four eyewitnesses. You keep hearing it because that is what any Islamic legal text book you care to read says – apart from the people paid to lie about Islam today. The Hudud punishment for rape cannot be inflicted without the four eyewitnesses. Islamic judges also have the option of applying deterrent punishments to things that should be punished even if there is no crime as such. Rape can be so punished, with DNA or one eye witness, but that is entirely culturally based where it is not Islamic. Which means that it did not happen in the past. As the good Sheik Al-Hilali said, the rape victim ought to be jailed for life.

  10. There was the 9 year old girl who was raped in Abu Dhabi and the judge deemed her see-through dress to be reason enough to find the defendant not guilty.
    Or the Russian prostitute who got a tougher sentence than her rapists in Dubai.

    What a wonderful world!

  11. I have been following this story and am glad she will not be executed. I can’t even image living in a country where that is the norm. Unfortunately, she still has to pay “blood money” before she will be released, what kind of shit is that…

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