A woman was thrown stone to death by her family member due to the order of a court in Pakistan because of possessing a mobile phone.
This is the latest case to endure the brutal punishment from ancient times.
The media reported that Arifa Bibi, a two-year-old mother, had been thrown stone bricks by her uncle, cousins and many others until she died. Later, she was buried in a desert away from her village.
Arifa Bibi is not the only victim to suffer from this ancient punishment. However, the cause of her death is indeed quite rare.
(Illustrated image is not the victim in the blog mentioned)
The penalty of throwing stones to death is even considered legal and widely applied in at least 15 countries in the region, especially as it tends to increase in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Even in many cases, women who declare themselves raped may also be considered to admit guilt of having a wrong affair or relationship.
Among the recorded cases, there is one most typical case that, when repeated, many people still have to shudder. It was in 2008, 13-year-old Somalia girl Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, was throwed stone by 50 men at the stadium in Kismayu in the presence of about 1,000 people.
Aisha’s father said she was raped by three men, but was accused of prostitution when reporting the incident to the rebel forces al-Shabaab who was taking control of the city.
Activists say women are often victims of this punishment, because women are often discriminated against. In adultery, men can hire a lawyer and easily escape the crime. In particular, trial trials are often unfair. Judgment is sometimes based only on confession by the victim’s own coercion, even based on the judgment of the judge rather than evidence.
Many people believe that this penalty is too cruel, but in fact, it still exists in many countries. Many feminist activists have carried out a global campaign against stoning to death. However, the road to help remove that ancient punishment is still very difficult and long-term.