Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still alive as of this posting.
In 2006, in her hometown of Tabriz, Iran, the now 43-year-old mother of two received 99 lashes after being sentenced as an “adulteress.”
Sakineh received international attention early this year when she was sentenced to death by stoning.
According to AVAAZ, Iran “accused her of adultery and sentenced her to stoning despite the fact that the alleged adultery took place after her husband’s death. They sentenced her to death for the murder of her husband even though she had already been acquitted, and another man convicted and sentenced for the murder. They even arrested her son and lawyer and forced the rest of the legal team into exile.”
Sakineh’s stoning sentence was a “subjective judicial ruling allowed where no conclusive evidence is present.”
Human rights groups such as Amnesty International and AVAAZ collected more than a million signatures, which forced Iran to change the stoning sentence to death by hanging.
Sakineh still sits in jail awaiting hanging. Human rights groups are claiming that Iran now wants a way out of this case, a way to save face, and are raising funds to assemble “an elite legal team” toward this end.
Should the fate of one woman matter? When that woman has become the symbol of injustices around the world, yes, it does.