There are currently 134 minors on death row in Tehran where a vast array of crimes "against religion" qualify for capital punishment. Girls as young as nine-year-old girls are held legally responsible for their actions while boys are not held accountable until they reach the age of thirteen. In Iran, the suffering of prepubescent females on death row isn't limited to the hangman's noose.
During a telephone interview with the Jerusalem Post, a member of the powerful Basiji militia admitted that his duties included raping children before they were executed. Under Sharia Law, virgins cannot be executed, so they're coerced into marrying their jailers prior to being killed.
Sabina Amidid spoke with the Basiji soldier on condition of anonymity: He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."
In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband." '
When the man expressed regret over his actions, Amidid asked him why...
"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die. I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over."
This is incredibly inhumane, even by Middle Eastern standards. And it further demonstrates the suffering of women in places where Islamic fundamentalists hold sway. Maybe I'm naive, but I simply can't understand why "enlightened" Western nations would have ANY diplomatic ties to a country this barbaric. And the government we're leaving behind in Iraq isn't much better.