IRAN: KURDISH WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH ON ADULTERY CHARGES
November 8, 2018:
An Iranian court recently sentenced to death a Kurdish woman on adultery charges, a Kurdish rights group reported on 5 November 2018. (Source: kurdistan24.net, 06/11/2018)
“A Kurdish woman for Mako by the name of Gulistan Jnikanlou was sentenced to death by the Khoy Criminal Court of West Azerbaijan Province, accused of committing zina,” reported Hengaw, a group which writes on human rights violations involving Kurds in Iran.
“Zina” is an Arabic term, meaning acts of sexual intercourse prohibited by Islamic law. The court announced its decision on 4 November 2018.
Jnikanlou, a mother of two children, was arrested on allegations of committing adultery in 2017. She was released on bail shortly thereafter.
In the same year, local authorities also arrested a man with whom they claimed Jnikanlou had intercourse. The man’s fate is yet unknown.