Iran: Execution of a teenage girl

The film gave a picture of the life of a teenage girl in Iran who fell foul of the "moral police" several times and eventually was hanged at the age of 16.  Atefah Salaaleh was killed on 15 August 2004 in the small Iranian town of Neka for "crimes against chastity".   Some official papers put her age at 22 but her birth certificate showed that she was only 16 years old. The film used a combination of eye witness accounts, undercover filming in Iran and dramatic re-constructions.  It told a very sad story of a teenager who deserved sympathy but received punishments that should not be permitted - flogging and finally hanging. At the end of the film was a brief mention of other young women known to be under threat of execution now.

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