Samira Sabzian-Fard was put to death by the Iranian government. She was a victim of child marriage and was found guilty of killing her husband.
Iran hangs 'child bride' for killing husband. The Norwegian-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group told that Samira Sabzian was put to death in Ghezel Hesar jail in Karaj. She had been in prison for ten years.
Sabzian was only 15 years old when she was forced to marry her husband. She was from Khorramabad in western Iran. Over the next few years, the girl was a victim of domestic abuse, according to her family.
A foreign NGO that was trying to get her released from prison said that an Iranian woman who was found guilty of killing her abusive husband was put to death on Wednesday.
The girl Samira Sabzian was married off to her husband when she was only 15. She had been a victim of domestic abuse. In a press statement, the Iran Human Rights (IHR) NGO said that she was found guilty of killing her husband when she was 19 years old.
The head of the rights group in Norway, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said:
Samira was a victim of years of gender apartheid, child marriage, and domestic violence, and today she fell victim to the incompetent and corrupt regime’s killing machine.A regime that has sustained itself solely through killing and instilling fear. Ali Khamenei and other leaders of the Islamic Republic must be held accountable for this crime.- Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam
IHRNGO said Sabzian was abused in her home and pushed to get married when she was only 15. At the time of her arrest, she had two young children, one of whom was just born. They didn't see Sabzian for 10 years until they came to say goodbye at the jail before she was put to death.
She was soon put to death under a law called qisas, which means "retribution-in-kind." Notably, the Islamic Penal Code says that people who are accused of murder must be put to death, no matter what their reasons were or how the crime happened.
The children were given to the father's family to care for, and Sabzian wasn't allowed to see them. She saw her kids for the first time in over ten years just last week.
#Iran: We are alarmed by execution of Samira Sabzian over alleged killing of her husband whom she was forced to marry at age of 15. We again urge Iran to establish a moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing death penalty.- UN Human Rights
Sabzian offered "diyah," or "blood money," to the husband's family as an alternative to the death sentence, but they turned it down. 'Diyah' is a part of the modern law systems of Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and the UAE.
Her death sentence shows once more how bad things are for women in the Islamic country. After the killing of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini by what was said to be Iran's morals police last year, there was a street revolution in the Islamic country.
What began as protests against the hijab quickly turned into a fight for women's full rights. As a result, the Iranian government cracked down hard on the protests and used the flawed justice system to give many people death sentences.
The rise in killings in the country has made rights groups very worried. Amnesty International says that at least 115 people had been killed by their government by November of this year.
Human rights groups begged for leniency, but on Wednesday, an Iranian woman who was forced to marry as a child and was being held in jail for killing her husband was put to death.
A Norwegian group called Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) says that Samira Sabzian was hanged in Ghezelhesar Prison.
The mother of two killed her abusive husband when she was 19 years old, after four years of being abused. She was sent to jail and stayed there for ten years. Rights groups have criticized Iran's Sharia-based murder rules, which are based on the idea of "qesas," or "retribution in kind." Sabzian was hanged at dawn today.