PARIS, 30 Oct. (IPS) Ms Zhila Izadi, the 13 years old Iranian girl who was sentenced to death by stoning according to Islamic canons because of sexual relation with his elder brother has appealed to international human rights organizations and world governments for help.
Under local and international pressures, the Iranian Judiciary changed the original sentence pronounced some months ago by a court in the north-western Kurdish city of Marivan, but condemned both sister and brother to 55 lashes of the wipe.
The young girl, who became pregnant from her 15 years-old brother Bakhtiar, received the lashes days before giving birth to her baby.
According to local sources, the young girl, who became pregnant from her 15 years-old brother Bakhtiar, received the lashes days before giving birth to her baby, which was taken away immediately after birth in prison.
Though Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, a prominent lawyer and human rights activists who won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2003 had informed the international community on the tragic case of Ms Izadi, yet it has not attracted much attention and in Iran itself, except some independent websites like “Peyke Iran” (www.peykeiran.com), the first one that reported the case.
“I’m afraid; I’m afraid, please, help. I want to go away, I want to go to my friends and I want to go to school”, she has told an official in charge of child care.
According to Mr. Azad Zamani, the Secretary of the Centre for the Defence of Children’s Rights in Sanandaj, the capital city of the Kurdish province of Kermanshah, Zhila is in a very poor health, physical and mental conditions and being under strong pressures, she is calling on international rights agencies for assistance.
It was the father that informed the local court about the “incest” between the young children, a matter that in Muslim societies is considered of a great shame for the families.
“She is almost abandoned to herself. No body, no organization is taking care of her, specially the family. After giving birth, she needed special attention and medical treatments, but she received nothing. She has told us that she is under pressures, due to social and cultural traditions. She is all the time crying”, Mr. Zamani told Radio Farda, the 24 hours Persian service of the Prague-based
Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty.
Iranian clerical authorities say Ms. Zhila is free and being taken care by the local agencies in charge of children, but Mr. Zamani said though it is true that she is free, but in fact she lives in a bigger prison, because of social and cultural conditions.
“What kind of freedom if one has no one to talk to or to contact, even those who want to help her. Even if she is really freed, she has nowhere to go, as there is a lack of social protections”, Mr. Zamani observed, adding that if freed, Zhila’s life might be in danger, the family wanting to “wash the unbearable shame”.
"I’m afraid; I’m afraid, please, help. I want to go away, I want to go to my friends and I want to go to school”.
“This is why Zhila is so afraid and wanting to go away from here, wanting to immigrate to another country”, he said.
Two months ago, a court in the northern province of Mazandaran had condemned to death 16-years old girl on charges of prostitution and it was the judge, a cleric, who passed on her neck the hanging rope in public.
In was on this background that the European Parliament expressed alarm Thursday at the deterioration in the area of human rights in Iran, in particular those relating to press freedom and the death penalty.
According to the French news agency AFP, the European lawmakers also expressed deep worries by the sentence imposed on Zhila Izadi
Euro-parliamentarians said they were "appalled at the public hanging" two months ago of a 16-year-old girl and noted that 25 minors had been sentenced to death in the past year in the Islamic Republic.
"The situation in Iran with regard to the exercise of key civil rights and political freedom has deteriorated since the parliamentary elections of February this year despite commitments on the part of the government of Iran to promoting these universal values", according to a motion passed by the parliament, referring to the victory of the conservatives in the last Legislative elections. ENDS IZADI 30104