A woman and her alleged lover were stoned to death by the woman’s husband and an angry mob in the small Pakistani province of Balochistan, and now, the husband and others have been arrested.
According to reports, the woman’s husband approached a local cleric to ask him to approve the stoning. Once he gave them permission, the mob led by Hayat Bibi’s husband found her alleged lover Daraz Khan, 25, and took him to be stoned to death. Bibi, 27, who went into hiding when the affair was discovered a week earlier, finally came forward after learning that Khan had been captured.
Bibi was forced to watch Khan be brutally stoned to death before the rocks were thrown at her. In Pakistan, death by stoning is legal, but only if a federal or provincial court passes it. In this case, neither approved the stoning, so both are being considered murders rather than sentences for a crime.
“It is a shameful act and the people involved in stoning the man and the woman will be brought to justice,” said Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister for Balochistan.
Now, Bibi’s husband, the cleric, and four others that were involved have been arrested and charged with murder. All could face the death penalty for the charges, but reports say that it is unlikely that will actually happen.
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three months in prison and 80 lashes for taking to Twitter to publicly accuse a Kuwaiti singer of adultery.
The Saudi man is reportedly a fan of a rival UAE singer named Ahlam, so in an effort to start rumors about singer Shams, he went on Twitter and accused the entertainer of committing adultery without providing any proof.
Shams filed a lawsuit against the Twitter user for making up the accusations, as well as posting fake pictures of her in compromising situations. Shams won the lawsuit, and now, the Twitter user, who claims he is “the lawyer of Queen Ahlam,” will face the consequences.
Under Sharia Law, anybody who accuses another person of committing adultery without proof will face lashes. Now that the Twitter user has been found guilty, he has been sentenced to 80 public lashes, three months in jail, and a fine of nearly $3,000.