Cruel and Hideous

Abby Zimet

This summer, a young mother of two was stoned to death by her relatives on the order of a tribal court in Pakistan for the crime of possessing a cell phone. Women are still stoned, usually for adultery, in at least 15 countries or regions; though there is no mention of it in the Koran, it is considered legitimate under some interpretations of Islamic law. In the face of such ongoing, unfathomable and, some fear, rising barbarism, women's and human rights groups, including Women Living Under Muslim Laws and the Asian Human Rights Commission, have launched a campaign urging the UN to enact a worldwide ban on stoning. For God's sake sign something.

(There are actual photos of stoning victims. We're not showing them.)

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