Ex-child bride among 32 people executed in Iran in one day, says rights group

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A former child bride who was convicted of killing the man she married at the age of 15 was one of the three women executed by Iranian authorities for murdering their husbands, the Iran Human Rights Group said. They were among 32 people executed in the past week alone.

Authorities are believed to have stepped up their use of the death penalty, executing twice as many people so far this year than in the previous year.

Iran also executes more women than any other country, majority of them have been found guilty of killing their husbands, rights groups reported.

On Wednesday, the Iran Human Rights Group said former child bride Soheila Abadi was hanged in prison after being convicted of killing her husband 10 years after marrying him when she was only 15 years old.

The sentencing court reportedly said the motive for the murder had been “family disputes”.

The two other women executed on Wednesday were convicted for the same crime, the group said.

Activists said many of the cases involved cases of domestic violence but that Iranian courts frequently do not take this into account.

Exact figure of the executions  are not available as Iranian authorities do not officially announce cases where the death penalty has been carried out.

According to a research published in April by two rights groups, only 16.5% of executions believed to have been carried out in Iran last year were announced by officials.

Human rights group Amnesty International this week accused Iran of having embarked upon a “horrific” execution spree in recent months, reportedly putting more than 250 people to death in the first six months of 2022 – more than double the number executed over the equivalent period in the previous year.

“The state machinery is carrying out killings on a mass scale across the country in an abhorrent assault on the right to life,” said Diana Eltahawy, deputy regional director at Amnesty International.

Some of those convicted have been put to death in mass executions, the rights group reported, including a dozen people in one prison on 15 June and the same number in a separate prison on 6 June.

Ethnic minorities are also overrepresented in the statistics.

Despite making up of only 5% of Iran’s general population, members of the Baluchi minority made up more than one in four of those believed by Amnesty International to have been executed so far this year. (Source: BBC)

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