Today Fatemeh Pajouh (37) was executed in Evin prison in Tehran. In 2002 Fatemeh witnessed her new husband raping her 15 year old daughter from a previous marriage. No one probably will ever understand what sort of feeling Fatemeh had arising in her when seeing this scene, her instant reaction was anger and this led to killing this cruel man.
Most people would agree that killing another human being is a crime. The judicial court in Iran decided killing Fatemeh was the solution. What sort of signal is this giving to the country? What sort of power is it giving those committing rape and abuse? Is this really the way we should deal with such a situation?
Fatemeh’s lawyers were not informed of this execution. Her two daughters are now left without their mother, the mother who acted in order to protect her offspring and finally gave her own life in order to save her daughter.
What would other mothers do? What would I do in a similar situation? What would you do? Is the punishment fair? So many questions do arise, and importnat issues to address, and if we dont we might hear another similar Fatemeh story.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty, in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party.