Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. - US Holocaust Memorial

On January 3, 2006, 18-year-old Nazanin was sentenced to death for murder by court in Iran after she reportedly admitted fatally stabbing one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 16-year-old niece in a park in Karaj (a suburb of Tehran) in March 2005. She was seventeen at the time. Her sentence is subject to review by the Court of Appeal, and if upheld, to confirmation by the Supreme Court.

According to reports in the Iranian newspaper E’temaad, Nazanin told the court that three men had approached her and her niece, forced them to the ground and attempted to rape them. Seeking to defend her niece and herself, Nazanin stabbed one man in the hand with a knife that she possessed. As the men continued their attack, she stabbed another of the men in the chest, which eventually caused his death. She reportedly told the court “I wanted to defend myself and my niece. I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help”. She was nevertheless sentenced to the maximum punishment possible under the law, death by hanging.

Dr. Martin Luther King: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Thoreau: "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

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*UPDATE* News from the Retrial

"After much discussions, the four judges unanimously determined that the lower court decision in January of 2006 was wrong and Nazanin killing the would-be rapist was not intentional."

Now, the political philosopher in me says the judges should have said it doesn't matter whether the killing was intentional or not. But I've watched enough Law and Order to know a win is a win, no matter how it's cloaked.

Let us not be complacent as the Germans who ignored the smell of the crematoria. Let us not be indifferent as the West to the plight of Rwandaa. Let us not ignore the plight of those who need our help. Let our voices cry out to God and the State so the blood of our innocent brethren has a voice. Do not rest in complacency, indifference, and ignorace. Because if we do, one day we shall be the ones facing injustice and no one will hear us.


aes said…
Wow... a modern-day virgin martyr who carries the same significance of the original virgin martyrs--defiance against a society that has denied human dignity.

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