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Published Saturday, October 16, 2004


PARIS, 16 Oct. (IPS) Almost two months after having hanged a 16 year old girl, the ruling Iranian ayatollahs are to commit another human crime by condemning another young girl to stoning.

According to Iranian and foreign press, Zhila Izadi, a 13 year old girl from the north-western city of Marivan had been condemned to death by stoning after being found that she had been pregnant from her 15 years-old brother.

The independent Iranian online newspaper “Peyke Iran” ( that had first revealed the news last week reported on Saturday 16 October 2004 that the girl has given birth two weeks ago in prison.

While Zhila as been sentenced to stoning, her brother, jailed in Tehran, is to receive only 150 lashes, in accordance with Islamic laws.


Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian outspoken lawyer and human rights activists who became the first Iranian and Muslim female to win the prestigious Nobel Peace Award for 2003 disclosed the news about the case of Zhila Izadi during her recent tour of Scandinavian countries.

The circumstances under which Zhila became pregnant from her brother is still not known, but independent Iranian sources outside the country said it was the father, a devout Muslim, who informed the authorities about the “disgrace” the young girl had caused the family.

Human rights activists in Denmark said though Zhila’s sentence had not been confirmed yet, but the fear is that, with the family’s approval, she faces the same faith as that of Ms. Ateqeh Rajabi, the 16 years-old girl hanged in public by the judge, a cleric, who condemned her on charges of prostitution.

“A court in Marivan has condemned Zhila to death by stoning and the family, which is very fundamental, has agreed”, confirmed Ms. Nahid Riazi of a Copenhagen-based human rights group that fights to the rights of women, adding that the young girl had been separated from her new born baby after the birth.

Zhila Izadi, a 13 years old girl from the north-western city of Marivan had been condemned to death by stoning after being found that she had been pregnant from her 15 years-old brother

Ms. Rajabi was publicly hanged on a street in the city centre of Neka in the northern province of Mazandaran, on 15 August, for "acts incompatible with chastity".

Faced with domestic and international outcry of dismay, the authorities said the young girl was “mentally incompetent”.

However, informed sources revealed that Ms. Ateqeh was sentenced to death after, during the "trial", she expressed outrage at the misogyny and injustice in the Islamic Republic and its Islam-based judicial system.

“The lower court judge was so incensed by her protestations that he personally put the noose around her neck after his decision had been upheld by the Supreme Court”, the sources reported.

The execution of Ateqeh Rajabi was the tenth execution of a child offender in Islamic Republic recorded by Amnesty International since 1990.

Ms. Ateqeh Rajabi was publicly hanged on a street in the city centre of Neka on 15 August, for "acts incompatible with chastity"

Amnesty International is alarmed that this execution was carried out despite reports that Ateqeh Rajabi was not believed to be mentally competent, and that she reportedly did not have access to a lawyer at any stage.

As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran is bound not to execute child offenders. Both treaties provide that capital punishment shall not be imposed for offences committed by persons under 18 year of age at the time of committing the offence.

Though it is possible that the Iranian authorities reject the stoning sentence, but it remains that the accused could very probably be condemned to death, human rights sources said, calling on the international community to put pressure on Iranian authorities to save Zhila from death.

The news of Zhila's possible stoning come at a time that the ruling conservatives have increased dramatically crackdown on the very limited social liberties, including more drastic measures on women accused of not respecting islamic codes of dressing and arresting more journalists and intellectuals. ENDS IZADI 161004



18 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

Ron McCafferty
Saturday, September 29, 2007 14:27 [ 1 ]

My God teaches that sometimes we fail as we are of the flesh. But that does not mean that He stops loving us or treating us with compassion. Those of us who are committed to keep his word do so in the flesh. We are fallible. We love each other with all our hearts as Jesus loves the church. Through confession of our sins to The Almighty we are saved. You turn away from that sin. That does not mean you will not make other mistakes. That is where parents should guide their children in the word. I plan on reading the Koran for myself. I refuse to believe that it does not preach peace and love and compassion for your fellow man. My Bible has been used in the wrong way by man to suit his own needs and wants and I am sure the Koran has too. I will pray for this world as it is headed towards the return of Jesus. I will pray for Zhila Izadi that man has not destroyed her faith in God. She should remain strong. I will pray that her mother will be strong for her also. May the Almighty God bless us all.

A. Brown
Thursday, December 13, 2007 07:23 [ 2 ]

Many people thinks that its about time Iran joins the rest of us into entering the 21st Century.

I will simply be thrilled if they at lease enter into the 19th CENTURY !!!

How can a 13 year old girl be accountable when she is at the age most girls are playing with dolls? Most girls can't deal with incest at that age even in the U.S.

Chritina C
Sunday, March 16, 2008 23:27 [ 3 ]

It is unbelievable that a child that was most likely raped by her brother is the one that has to die. Things need to change in this world...

Monday, April 14, 2008 20:10 [ 4 ]

Unfortunately Americas responsive argument, is carpet bombing!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 15:50 [ 5 ]

This is why they need a revolution. I only hope the people of Iran rise up before we have to deal with them.

Tocs Tybred
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 16:00 [ 6 ]


Your comment makes no sense. America has not responded to any execution in Iran by bombing that country.

Monday, July 21, 2008 16:34 [ 7 ]

@A. Brown..

First of all.. You're right about the fact that Iran should join the rest rest of us and live in the 21st. cent. Next, the girl cannot be held responsable for her brothers rape of her - she's only a kid..

But.. no.. girls at the age of 13 don't play with dolls. They are in the middle of their puberty looking at boys, reading fashion magazines and talking gossip with their girlfriends.

Unfortunately many.. or actually most girls e.g. in Afghanistan are allready married as 2nd graders to old men.

Girls at the age of only 9 years old are concidered being ready for marriage in Iran and many other islamic countries, according to hadith and the fact that Muhammed married Aisha when she was that age. But we all know, what we call that, when a man is having a sexual relationship with a girl that age......

Saturday, September 6, 2008 13:13 [ 8 ]

Ugh. These people are animals.

The judge was so incensed at her protestations of the Iranian legal system being biased towards men (when she was on trial for having been RAPED BY A FAMILY member) that he put the noose around her neck himself!

Barbaric, inhumane - it makes me sick to think I breathe the same air as them. They are more fitting to live in a zoo- it is more appropriate for them to murder and rape young girls there.

Sunday, November 2, 2008 19:32 [ 9 ]

they arent even fit to live in a zoo.animals are far better than they are they dont no right from wrong but these beast sure do and they continue to do wrong.but also who are we to judge i guess we can but god is the ultimate judge whom im sure will condemn these so called people to eternal hell and damnation for he says any one who takes someones life there life shall also be taken that goes for anyone.. also i wish our government would get these damn foreigners out of our country

Sunday, November 9, 2008 17:57 [ 10 ]


Friday, November 14, 2008 21:07 [ 11 ]

this judges are not God, who are they judge in that way. they will surely receive a slamming sentence on judgement day. it's sick and oh yes they need a revolution. i will be doing injustice to animals if i were to compare this people to them, this is pure evil, i hope they soon find salvation!

Thursday, November 20, 2008 18:11 [ 12 ]

this is ridiculous, such acts need to seize. the islamic republic needs to try stepping into the twenty first century. or at least the 19 century for that matter . -_-

Monday, December 1, 2008 04:17 [ 13 ]

I feel great sorrow and sadness as do millions of other people around the world when I see these cruel unjust atrocities being committed over the internet to the weakest and most vulnerable people in these cultures. No compassion, no mercy, no forgiveness just uncivilized ignorance by a sickening blood-lust regime for punishment. Please stop ruling your people with fear and terror and a hard cruel heart. History shows these regimes cannot last.

Monday, December 1, 2008 07:31 [ 14 ]

Its beyond my comprehention how any of these perverted, primitive, backward practices can still continue. My heart goes out to this young 13 yr old innocent girl and all the other people who are suffering cruel injustices at the hands of these sociopaths ruling this pitifull country.

robert e
Monday, December 1, 2008 08:08 [ 15 ]

This government isnt just satisfied with torchering and murdering their women now they have to resort to killing their country's ignorant children too. what brave corageous men they are.....NOT!

Cliton Ebbsworth
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 00:47 [ 16 ]

For this disgusting evil to flourish - Tis because the good people of Iran do nothing! I hope these putrid, perverted old men at least allow this poor wretched female child to take her teddy bear and her new born baby with her to her bloody brutal execution, so they both don't have to live in Iran which is HELL on earth. Why don't these so called religious men have ANY respect for GOD's gift of life? The decent intelligent people of Iran should turn the tables on these rulers and their sick henchmen and excecute them all in exactly the same way. I pray that that day will come and soon, the world will be a far better place. I can only ask God to please help this child and her baby.

Saturday, December 20, 2008 14:18 [ 17 ]

This may seem irrelevant, but I have been married to an Arabic man for six years. He is not from Iran, but from North Africa. I thank God that he is not at all that way. We have a five year old daughter who he has proven to be a great father to. He has provided for our family and is not controlling towards me. Matter of fact, I go out more than he does. For example, I exercise frequently at the gym. He enjoys watching Television when he's not working. He treats me with love and repect.We don't drink alcohol, but that is our choice, his and mine. He is Muslim, I am Christian. He can and will never change that about me. If he came across any man hurting a young girl for any reason, he would likely beat the....... out of him. The sad part is that all the other men that come from foreign places, who do believe that women are not equal, are hurting God and themselves. If they do not respect women, then they are not repecting their mothers, sisters, children, grandmothers... Have they forgotten that women protect and nourish their babies for nine months, and then suffer labor pains, then breatfeeding(especially in underdeveloped countries), caring for the baby througth sleepless nights and on and on the story goes. The men that kill women must be forgetting that without a woman, their mother, they would not be alive today. Have they forgotten? God created men with a greater amount of muscle tissue to protect and provide for women and children, not to harm them. In case any man should receive the opportunity to read this, please make sure that you read and understand the following. It is very important. If you should decide to visit or live in the U.S., please understand clearly, that in the U.S., if you should ever hurt a woman, especially if she is American and if she calls the police, you are going to A)end up in prison here, then deported to your prison (but you probably knew that part) or B. If you do have a Greencard and are a Permanent resident or even Citizen, guess what? Your new home is jail in the U.S.. Thank God we live in a country that protects women. Also, I would like to make one other thing clear, God created women with female sex organs, that is not yours to take away, or pretend they don't exist. I do not support premarital sex, but God loves and forgives and has mercy for all sins. So, if your doing the wrong things now, whatever they may be, start reading the Bible and watching Joyce Meyers or Joel Olsteen, ask God and the person(s) you've hurt for forgiveness. Pray and God will help you the rest of the way. And for the U.S. born people reading my short story, be thankful that we live here but pray for those who live there.

Friday, February 20, 2009 15:03 [ 18 ]

ppl lets make it easy this is y

no one can Love Iran

and plezzz dont call Iranian ppl Muslim

cuse what u are looking at is nothing front of what they r doing withe the AFGHAN people...........

GOD Knows every thing ......!!

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As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at

Two months after having hanged a 16 year old girl, the Islamic Republic of Iran is about to put to death by stoning a 13 year old girl.



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