Thursday, January 12, 2006

In Iran: Rape Victim Sentenced to Death for Killing Attacker

One of two women attacked by three men who attempted to rape them was sentenced to death by hanging by a court in Iran this week.

The girl, 17 years old at the time of the incident in March 2005, said that she first stabbed one of the men in the hand when she was forced to the ground. As they attempted to run away, the men tried to grab them again. It was then that she stabbed one of them in the chest. It was not her intent, she said, to kill anyone.

The girls had been sitting in a park with their boyfriends at the time of the attack. The boyfriends jumped on their motorbikes, drove off and left the girls behind.

The story does not say whether either of the two surviving attackers were charged with any crime.