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Iranian Woman Hanged For Killing Abuser

Iran today executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve.

When we hear news of a woman being raped, sexually abused, and then blamed for her condition in India, we wonder what kind of society we are living in.

But this is the scenario worldwide.

Iran today executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve.

Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s ministry of intelligence. She was sentenced to death by a criminal court in Tehran in 2009.

The campaign against her sentence started when people came to realize that she had a deeply flawed investigation and human rights group Amnesty International came forward in her support with them.

The campaign calling for a halt to the execution was launched on Facebook and Twitter last month and appeared to have brought a temporary stay in execution. But the surprise came in after government news agency Tasnim said on Saturday that Jabbari had been executed after her relatives failed to gain consent from the victim’s family for a reprieve.

It said her claims of self-defence had not been proved in court.

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After her arrest, Jabbari had been placed in solitary confinement for two months, where she reportedly did not have access to a lawyer or her family.

Interestingly, during the curse of case, Jabbari had admitted to stabbing Abdolali Sarbandi once in the back, however, she alleged that there was someone else in the house who actually killed him.

With this, the campaign to save Jabbari ends and so does the hope to bring a change in Iran.

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