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Atefeh Rajabi

From The Sunday Telegraph:

“Atefeh Rajabi appears to have been a fairly normal 16-year-old: sulky, disobedient, and eager to have sex. In London, those attributes earn lectures from parents and teachers on the importance of acting responsibly and not being offensive. In the city of Neka in Iran, where Atefeh Rajabi comes from, they get you hauled up in front of a judge…Two weeks ago, on August 15, the 16-year-old girl was hung from a crane in the main square of Neka, in full public view, in order to keep “society safe from acts against public morality”.”

Theoretically, for her ‘offense’ (premarital sex), Atefeh should have ‘only’ received one hundred lashes. The additional punishment was imposed because, the judge complained, the girl had ‘a sharp tongue’ (she had argued back in court) and had ‘undressed in court’.

Undressed?

Yes, she removed her headscarf. You know, that hijab about which we hear so much these days.

The name of the judge who murdered her is Haji Rezaie. It needs to be remembered

And so does that of Atefeh Rajabi.

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