Monday, February 4, 2008

Is Stoning Still An Acceptable Form Of Punishment?

Two Iranian sisters convicted of adultery face being stoned to death after the supreme court upheld the death sentences against them, the Etemad newspaper Monday quoted their lawyer as saying.

Solati explained that the two sisters had initially been tried for "illegal relations" and received 99 lashes. However in a second trial they were convicted of "adultery."

"The two sisters have been tried twice for one crime," Solati protested.

Iran is only led by China in its exaction of the death penalty. Crimes that Iran says calls for death are murder, rape, armed robbery, serious drug trafficking and adultery.

Zohreh said she had an edgy relationship with her husband because of the strict limits he imposed on her life.

"I was a teacher and loved my job but my husband did not let me work... he was always suspicious of me and thought our differences were because I had an affair," she was quoted as saying by the daily.

"I do not approve the confessions that I made in the investigation phase and I deny what I said," she said.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Is stoning cruel and unusual punishment?
-Is there ever a time when this punishment would be justified?
-What if your religion commands its usage? Would it matter what the international bodies think?
-Does tough punishments for crimes deter criminal acts?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Koran and the Old Testmant differ on this how?