While an Iranian woman is set to be hanged for killing her alleged rapist, people all over the world are fighting to save her life.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was sentenced to death for killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi back in 2007 after he raped her. Sarbandi, an employee for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, had hired Jabbari to work in his office where he raped her. Jabbari fought back using a knife and wound up stabbing the man to death.
Jabbari was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, April 15, but thanks to pressure on the Iranian government from human rights group and activists, the execution was postponed.
According to reports, Jabbari met Sarbandi in a coffee shop. Sarbandi was intrigued by the fact that the then 19-year-old was an interior designer, and asked if he could hire her for a project. They agreed to meet at his office, but when Jabbari arrived, she quickly realized that she wasn’t there for work. Sarbandi allegedly offered Jabbari a glass of juice containing a date rape drug, but Jabbari was able to flee the scene by stabbing the rapist in the shoulder with a pocketknife. Sarbandi later bled out from the stabbing, and Jabbari was arrested some time later.
“The courts have said that if a woman is raped it is their fault, and told Reyhaneh that she is a mean-spirited and selfish bitch,” said Jabbari’s mother Sholeh Pakravan to the Free Beacon. “You must realize that the laws in Iran are medieval laws of retribution, revenge and punishment and unfortunately for our broken hearts, Reyhaneh’s life is in their hands.”
“The Iranian regime has decided that it wants to make an example of yet another woman and they are bent on executing Reyhaneh and even though the rapist [and] victim’s family is fully well aware of these ambiguities in the case, they still insist on seeing Reyhaneh hung,” continued Pakravan.
Although the cause of the Iranian government’s decision to postpone the execution cannot be confirmed, pressure from activist groups and even The United Nations most likely has a lot to do with it. For now, Jabbari is able to live another day, but according to her mother, she isn’t entirely optimistic.