IRAN. THREE PUBLICLY HANGED FOR RAPE IN CITY OF SHIRAZ
October 17, 2007: Iran hanged three convicted rapists in public in the southern city of Shiraz, the latest in a spate of executions officials say are aimed at improving security in society.
The three men, identified as Vahid E, Mohammad A and Ahmad E were hanged in public for having abducted two women and raping them, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
The local prosecutor Jaber Baneshi chose the occasion to urge women to dress in line with Iran's Islamic rules, saying women who did not cover their heads properly were more at risk from sexual predators.
"Badly veiled women are more likely to be the target of these crimes than others. The veil protects women and prevents society from heading towards corruption," he added. (Sources: Times of India, 18/10/2007)