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Muslim Iran: Pre-Teen Girls Raped Before Being Executed

By July 5, 2010

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The Muslim prohibition on executing virgins might at first seem like a mercy -- a weak mercy, to be sure, but at least it should preserve some women's lives. Then you might realize that there is an easy way to get around this restriction because virginity isn't permanent. The government of Iran has probably figured that out because they are reportedly having young girls raped in prison the night before their execution. Yes, as if it weren't bad enough that girls in their early teens are in prison, sentenced to death, they also have to be raped before they can be executed.

These allegations come from an interview with a member of the the paramilitary Basiji militia, a "people's militia," founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979. He admits to being one of the men who is married to these girls for the purpose of raping them within the restrictions of Muslim tradition. His assignment was considered an "honor" by his superiors, though he later came to "regret" raping young girls in prison.

He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."

"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal," he said.

Why the regret, if the marriages were "legal?"

"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.

"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her."

Source: Jerusalem Post

It's difficult to know where to begin with something like this. I think we're seeing one of the consequences of the fetishization of virginity that is so strong in religions like Islam and Christianity. It's also obviously an outgrowth of the general dehumanization of females that such religions perpetuate. In such contexts, women are not real human beings with a right to make autonomous decisions about their own bodies and sexuality; instead, they are treated as vessels for men to use as they see fit.

You know all those claims from Muslim apologists about how Islam protects women and women's rights better than the "libertine" West? Yeah, well, show them this story the next time you see such claims being made. Ask them how much "protection" teen girls are getting by being raped just before being executed.

Comments
July 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(1) grokken says:

It was fetishized long long before christianity, judaism or even hinduism. When bad people want to get around an inconvienent law, they do so by bending the laws to their purpose. Blaming Religion for it is like blaming food for being fat. You didn’t have to eat it, it is not food’s fault.

July 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(2) Tanin says:

I’m not saying this kind of stuff doesn’t happen, but the Jerusalem Post isn’t exactly to most reliable source for Iran related news.

July 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm
(3) tracieh says:

One doesn’t have to look far to find women who will testify to hideous abuse in Muslim culture. Sick as it is, this isn’t unusual. Religion will mess a person up.

July 6, 2010 at 10:45 am
(4) Jack says:

Is it just a coincidence that the fastest growing religion is the one that treats women the worst? My thought is that if women stopped going to church, men would soon abandon it also, after all, what fun would it be for a group of men with no women, no one to “shepherd”.

July 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(5) Jessica says:

Jack, your entire statement just shows that you are completely out of touch with the situation. Women in Muslim countries don’t get to just decide not to go to church. Those girls were probably raped and killed for accidentally showing hair, or too much ankle. Or minor teenage disobedience. If a women decides to just not to go church anymore, she’ll be executed as an apostate.

July 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(6) P Smith says:

Aaaaaaaaaand…how exactly is this any different from how women were treated during so-called “witch trials” in Europe, where both rape and torture were used to “obtain confessions”?

As with any religious violence, the only different is when, not what or who. If christians had had aeroplanes at the time of the crusades, they would have done a 9/11 in the year 911CE.

May 7, 2011 at 5:32 am
(7) Bear says:

P Smith, I’ll tell you how it’s different than the witch trials. Witch trials arnt going on anymore. Rapes are an acceptable part of everyday life and punishment in Iran. Clear enough for you? Maybe the internet isn’t the place for you since you need help understanding obvious things. Mommy hold you dick when you piss?

July 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(8) Jack says:

Jessica, I agree and sympathize with the plight of women in countries that don’t allow women ANY freedom. Slaves ralso hand no right to Not Participate, but other people stood up for them and slavery was stopped. No, it isn’t simple and it will be difficult but I stand on the side of equal rights for all citiziens of the world. If women are the most oppressed, then that’s who we must stand up for. Ladies, can you stand up for the right for your daughters not to be oppressed by ANY religion, including your own? Can you teach your sons not to oppress their sisters? Men, in some cases have a vested interest in not stopping this ridiculous practice, they, for the most part, administrate it! Again, this means ANY religion, whether it be Christianity, Judaism or Islam or any others not mentioned.

July 7, 2010 at 12:46 am
(9) Ramli says:

Muslims or non-Muslims, Iranian or any other nationalities, they are subjected to satan’s beckonings. Sex is the most pleasurable of man’s activities, so why not.

Actually this story may not be true. The Jews through their JP can cook up anything after learning A,B,C, form words and sentences.

They are fearful of the coming prophecy that they are to be annihilated, men, women and child sometime in the future. At this time in history their main nightmare is Iran, and they’re not taking chances.

Because it is the world’s fasting religion that it needs hard braking by those who have sealed hearts and eyes and who relentlessly campaign all life long against it.

July 7, 2010 at 1:42 am
(10) Fraser says:

Jack your origional commented thought could theoretically work. If absolutely every woman in Iran refused to pray and so were arreseted and sentenced to death for it , the men would realize how stupid this kind of total dominince is when there are no women to control. The same basic stratagey would work with a lot of other things too.

July 7, 2010 at 8:24 am
(11) Jack says:

Fraser, of course that may happen in the future, but while we’re waiting for it, why not pay heed to the FFRF Billboard.
http://www.palibandaily.com/2010/05/18/ffrf-to-chicago-feel-free-to-snooze-on-sundays/
Islamic countries aren’t the only ones that oppress women, it happens right here in America by less severe religions like Christianity and Judaism. If the world is ever going to be free from tyrannical religions, I think we need to start resisting right here, right now.

So, “Sleep in on Sunday”, refuse to play, and pay. Let those who want to oppress, oppress each other and leave the women and children alone.

July 8, 2010 at 2:53 am
(12) The Sojourner says:

On HuffPost, another site I visit and comment on frequently, there’s another article about how misogynistic Islam is. This one’s about a 42 year old mother of two, accused of adultery (no witnesses no proof of the crime). The first verdict of guilty, meted out a punishment of 99 lashes. Her children, both in their teens, I believe, insisted on being there for the lashings.

Later, for some other reasons, they (the judges) decided that she deserved the ultimate punishment, under Sharia law for murdering (they say), her husband at the time (apparently without any real proof as well).

Because of this, she’s scheduled to be stoned (yes, stoned) to death in the near future. This can happen at any time now.

Her son, has been trying to contact the judges to plead and have them review the case. Apparently the “case” was trumped up, somehow. The son’s letters have repeatedly asked the judges to review the case so they can see that the charges are false. The judges have not even replied to the letters. He’s seemingly been ignored, and this barbaric sadistic “execution” is still pending.

Amnesty International and others have gotten involved in trying to stop this primitive excuse for punishment. So far, no comments or recognition by the judges on this.

Women, by the way, are buried up to their chest, for stoning. Men are only buried up to the waist. I believe the men, if they can manage to dig themselves out, are then excused from the stoning. Whether they’re incarcerated, or whatever, anyway, I don’t know for sure. Of course if a man were buried up to his chest, he would be unable to dig out of it.

This, of course is the self-same attitude that allows., raping a virgin, so she can be executed. Is there nothing to be done about this sadistic misogyny? How can any culture sanction this kind of barbarism for any reason? Most religions are misogynistic as a rule, but this is even more deranged than most.

I, unfortunately, got a corroboration for this horrendous “custom” from a party who lived there at one time, and knew about it. He adds that it’s even worse, as the “husband” goes to the family of the “bride” and gives them the equivalent of about $5 as a “dowry”.

I was haunted by the stoning of a thirteen year old girl a while back. Stoned to death for some Islamic infraction. I believe she was gang raped, but was found at fault, “asking for it” because she was out alone at night, or some such idiocy. I don’t believe the males even got a fine.

July 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(13) Ramli says:

The minds of the impartial non-Muslims are constantly being filled with stories about Islamic backwardness and tyranny.

Islam is the only religion that covers all aspects of human life. It is complete. Its laws appear harsh but are good for humankind. Who likes to take bitter medicines? Strict teachers and parents produce good and responsible citizens.

So, if one comes across any story about the wickedness of Islam, one should check the source.
Bear also in mind that the Muslims in some Muslim countries are not necessarily Muslims in the real sense.

July 9, 2010 at 7:00 am
(14) Austin Cline says:

The minds of the impartial non-Muslims are constantly being filled with stories about Islamic backwardness and tyranny.

Islam is the only religion that covers all aspects of human life. It is complete. Its laws appear harsh but are good for humankind. Who likes to take bitter medicines? Strict teachers and parents produce good and responsible citizens.

So, if one comes across any story about the wickedness of Islam, one should check the source.
Bear also in mind that the Muslims in some Muslim countries are not necessarily Muslims in the real sense.

The minds of the impartial non-Muslims are constantly being filled with stories about Islamic backwardness and tyranny.

And those always seem to be news stories about Muslims.

Islam is the only religion that covers all aspects of human life.

Prove it.

It is complete. Its laws appear harsh but are good for humankind.

Prove it.

So, if one comes across any story about the wickedness of Islam, one should check the source.

The source is usually a factual account of what Muslims are doing.

Bear also in mind that the Muslims in some Muslim countries are not necessarily Muslims in the real sense.

“No True Scotsman” fallacy.

Funny, but denying that other Muslims are “real” Muslims is precisely the tactic adopted by violent Muslim terrorists to justify killing other Muslims in their terrorist attacks.

July 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm
(15) John Hanks says:

Spanish soldiers used to slaughter indian children in order to save their souls after death. Jewish soldiers used to slaughter children because they were just animals.

July 10, 2010 at 1:03 am
(16) Zack says:

There are not words in the world to express how revolting this is. There just aren’t any damn words for it. I’m just stunned.

The world might or might not get any better without religion, but dammit, how could it get worse than this?

July 10, 2010 at 3:01 am
(17) The Sojourner says:

@John Hanks:

In other words, there’s enough stupidity and deleterious ideas in any religion to make one an atheist. I hope that wasn’t an effort to lessen the tyranny of Islam fundamentalism. It’s still barbaric and sadistic.

July 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(18) Lyle G says:

The Romans had the same beastly practice.

July 11, 2010 at 7:08 am
(19) Ramli says:

In any management course one of the must have sessions is telling a story to a person. Then he/she relates the same story to, say, 3 persons separately. Then the 3 persons tell the story to another 3 persons separately.

The last persons told of the story are then asked one-by-one to relate the story in thier own words. I can bet you that the story is different from the one told by the first person!
Try this out, to know how rumours are spread.

Besides rumours, people in JP have nothings else better to than cook up those stories about the Iranians, hoping that the wide-eyed impartials will exclaim with utter disbelief and condemn the Iranians.

July 12, 2010 at 10:01 am
(20) kaw says:

The usual islamic rubbish in comments from ramii.
There are enough witnesses on record to show that something as reported is happening in Iranian jails. Actually, the treatment of women in muslim countries is generally very bad. The treatment of women is islamic communities is bad, and muslims make the inability to integrate with our fellow citizens an art form. I don’t think the Jewish people have to be worried – however if I was a member of that evil perversion called islam i think I might be a little worried!!! Bugger off ramii, I think your donkey just ran away and the nights are cold.

July 13, 2010 at 11:46 am
(21) Ramli says:

You have a mind of your own, Kaw, just as I have mind, and Austin too.

It’s a great pity you disagree with my views. You can’t see the logic and beauty in creation. You choose to insult a good religion and I am hurt and do take it lying down.

I shall not cast anymore pearls among swines.

July 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm
(22) Tim says:

@grokken You’re right. If people abandon religion for making them do stupid things just like people should abandon fatty foods for making them unhealthy we won’t have a problem anymore.

July 17, 2010 at 11:50 am
(23) dollie says:

Anyone doubting that this happens should really open their eyes a little bit. I just finished watching “The Stoning of Soroya M” and can honestly say that C. Hitchens was right when he said “religion poisons everything”.

July 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(24) Seriadh says:

Ramli,

It seems that your view is that, since you haven’t seen it personally and only know of it from reports that you consider hearsay, it doesn’t exist. Never mind that it’s been documented with eyewitness testimony from numerous sources, both religious and secular. I’m not even going to address that.

Instead, I’d like to apply your standard to your religion. We have no first-hand experience that it is correctly represented by its holy books or its followers. We have no first-hand proof that the god it presents exists. Neither do you. All we have is hearsay. That being the case, why would you give it any credibility? You apparently don’t where anything else is concerned.

July 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(25) Selena says:

I think it is absolutely discusting and wrong to rape ANYONE! Duh! It doesnt matter what country, or religion etc etc. Because it is just so unbelivebly horrible to think how those poor girls must suffer…I would wanna die that night also…

August 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(26) kayashino says:

WTH? THIS is just super RIDICULOUS!!! I’m glad I don’t live there!

September 7, 2010 at 9:14 am
(27) Tiger says:

IT IS NOT TRUE- EXAGERATION

April 26, 2011 at 4:45 am
(28) Ikazi says:

Its really sad them girls are being raped and executed by Muslims who say they are Muslims but carry out actions which are contrary to what a Muslim is suppose to be like. The Iranian shias follow something called Islam but its different to what most Muslims follow, they give more importance to Ali who was a companion of the prophet Mohammad because according to them angel Gabriel made a mistake in taking the revelation or Quran to prophet Mohammad when it should have gone to Ali. They are about 72 shia groups or sects, some worship Ali as god and some say he is the prophet of islam. They have a practice called muta its a temporary marriage (mentioned in the article)
basically making adultery and prostitution legal, proper Islam says marriage is for life and to sleep just with the wife. Is not it the decent thing to find out why this is being done to the poor innocent girls in Iran not to look at what religion the rapists label them selves with, because raping is not about religion its about people who do not fear the law of man or god. I know Sunni Muslims are treated as second class citizens in Iran they don’t even have a place to say their Friday prayers in Tehran, them girls could be Sunni being forced into them temporary marriages or shia who are against the government or daughters of political activists who are against the government or could be a sicker reason them prison guards could be disgustingly addicted to raping virgins so they catch the poor girls on trumped up charges to gratify their animalistic lusts.

August 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(29) scott of the mountain says:

The more I learn the more obvious is seems… Islam = Klingon

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