Thursday, 28 April 2016
A jailed wife has sentenced to 100 lashes in Iran for having an extra-marital affair.
The woman, known only as ST, was subjected to a public flogging in the city of Golpayegan, south of the capital Tehran in Isfahan Province.
There are reports that she was already in jail after receiving a 15-year sentence over the murder of her husband.
IB Times, citing Serat News, said the she carried out the crime with the man who she was having an affair with in 2012.
He was sentenced to death while she was jailed and has now received 100 lashes, the website reports.
The National Council of Resistance of Irancalled the flogging a 'misogynist measure' and labelled the country's government's actions 'extremely disturbing and abhorrent'.
Activist, Farideh Karimi, said: 'In view of the new wave of suppression of women in Iran, we urge women's rights activists and organisations to stand up and speak out against the mullahs' misogynist policies.'
Public floggings are not uncommon in Iran.
Last year, two Iranian poets were jailed for their work and sentenced to 99 lashes each for shaking hands with members of the opposite sex in a harsh new crackdown on writers and artists.
Fatemeh Ekhtesari, a practicing obstetrician, and Mehdi Mousavi, a trained doctor who taught literature and poetry, were arrested in 2013, months after President Hassan Rouhani took office.
Ekhtesari received an 11-and-a-half-year prison sentence, while Mousavi got nine years on charges ranging from propaganda against the state to 'insulting sanctities'.
They were also ordered to undergo 99 whippings each, according to PEN America.