Extra cruelty

Amnesty invites you to take action for Ahraf Kalhori, a mother of four children, who faces death by stoning for adultery.  A death sentence is in itself cruel and inhumane but then to choose a method that makes the dying slow and painful is surely extremely cruel.  The stones used are of a size that will not lead to a quick death.

 We state that an action such as this is extremely cruel and we feel that we have an overwhelming case against it.  However, we are up against sharia law, which means that the punishment is believed by some to be appropriate in the eyes of God.  

An article on Guardian Unlimited gives more details about sharia law and refers to the case of a Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, who faced death by stoning.  I am pleased to say that eventually on 25 September 2003 her appeal was successful and her death sentence was quashed.

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