Kobra Babaei, an Iranian woman, is feared to be at imminent risk of stoning to death after her husband Rahim Mohammadi was hanged for “sodomy” on 5 October. According to an interview given by the couple’s lawyer Mohamad Mostafaei, earlier this year, they had turned to prostitution to support themselves financially after a prolonged period of unemployment.
Rahim Mohammadi and Kobra Babaei, who have a 12-year-old daughter, were both unable to find work for prolonged periods and were very poor. Reports state that “they realised that certain officials were willing to help them in exchange for sexual relations with Rahim’s young wife” and had therefore turned to prostitution in order to support themselves.
They were both convicted of “adultery while being married”, which carries a mandatory sentence of death by stoning. According to the lawyer, Kobra Babaei is at imminent risk of stoning now that her husband has been executed.
It really is totally unacceptable and completely appalling that both stoning to death for adultery and hanging for sodomy are still around in this day and age. Please make your views known and try to save Kobra by signing the petition organised by Amnesty International here.