Young People Being Stoned to Death in Modern Day Iraq: Their "Crime" May Surprise You

A young girl dressed "emo style"  Does she deserve to be stoned to death?  Really?
A young girl dressed "emo style" Does she deserve to be stoned to death? Really? | Source

I am appalled, horrified and disgusted that a number of young people were recently stoned to death in Iraq. Their crime: they were young and were not conforming properly. These young people were described as "emo".

What is an emo? Well, there doesn't appear to be a concrete definition. It apparently started as a result of punk music and over time, some fans began to wear dark clothing and makeup, wear hair that covered their eyes, etc. Emo is short for emotional. Some say emos are known to cut on themselves.

What is being stoned to death? No, this is not meant to be marijuana related. Generally speaking, the person is first buried up to the head/neck region. Then, rocks/stones are thrown at the individual until the person dies from the impacts and subsequent wounds. Most of us think of stoning in ancient, Biblical terms but in fact it does occur in today's world. If emos were being killed in Portland, OR., near where I live, it would decimate the local youth population...

A real picture of an Iranian woman being prepared for stoning
A real picture of an Iranian woman being prepared for stoning | Source

I thought they had somewhat of a democratic government there now in Iraq? I do remember seeing images of people voting---showing the ink on their thumbs that was used to cast their vote. Many USA military have been killed in Iraq to bring them a semblance of freedom and a chance to join the family of man. These stonings are thus all the more shocking and disappointing.

These young people are being killed primarily in Shiite neighborhoods in line with how some interpret Sharia law. A Shiite neighborhood is a place were many Shia muslims live. Shia Islam is the 2nd largest denomination of Islam. Sharia Law is the moral code and religious law of Islam. I'm not saying stoning is a part of Sharia law; I just don't know. It is true however that some followers of Islam do see stoning as appropriate per the teachings of Sharia.

Furthermore, it seems the Shia neighborhoods in question are in or near Sadr City. This is an area that was especially problematic for USA troops per our efforts there. The most influential person governing there (perhaps he is still in charge?) was Muqtada Al Sadr. He was in the news a great deal when Sadr City was a flashpoint per the United States invasion/occupation of Iraq. Muqtada is a Shia Muslim. Muqtada has apparently stated that stoning is not the best way to deal with the emos. It is unclear if the stoning is tacitly endorsed by the governing officials of Sadr City or if it is being done by a rogue group of criminals/terrorists.

Muqtada Al-Sadr
Muqtada Al-Sadr | Source

Other young people have recently been severely injured per stoning. Leaflets have been distributed with names of other young people who are wanted. Information has been distributed warning young people not to dress emo style or that they will experience similar consequences.

High ranking government officials in Iraq deny that young people have been stoned for being "emo". They say these stories have been fabricated by the media...which is possible I suppose. As for the reports, I believe they are true.

Do you believe this is really happening in modern day Iraq or is it a media fabrication?

  • It is really happening
  • It is a fabrication of the media
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If really happening is death by stoning a good way to deal with these emos?

  • Yes, stoning to death is a reasonable and just way to deal with this issue
  • No, stoning to death of emos is not appropriate
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Missing Link 3 years ago from Oregon Author

Hi Ranzi,

That is terrible! I'm sorry to hear that.

I do not understand why Obama is so strongly wanting to strike Syria.

Thanks for stopping by---I appreciate it!

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Ranzi 3 years ago from All Over

Sadly this is happening in Syria as we speak. And these are the people who the US is helping.

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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon Author


Hello and thanks for visiting. If you are able you can post a link to your song here in the comments and I will approve it. Well, I will have to listen to it first to make sure it is not inappropriate or something like that.

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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

Well I wrote a song about punks being oppressed and how they should fight back.If anyone wants to listen to it contact me and I'll send it to you.

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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon Author

J.S. Matthew,

Yes that is another sickening example of extremism that you provide. Yes stoning is so barbaric. Thanks for visiting and your comments!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I am aware of this problem and we only hear very little of it in the West. It happens more than we know. Another sad and unbelievable case was about a young teen girl who was gang-raped by a group of older men. They said that she was "dirty" and needed to be taught a lesson on "cleansing". Since she was not yet married, she was ordered to be stoned to death for having unlawful (unmarried) sex with a man. None of the men that raped her got into trouble. This barbaric ideology of extremism needs to stop. This is a minority belief system as most Muslims do not approve of these methods. It really is a shame. Thanks for shedding light on this human catastrophe. Voted up.


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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon Author

Thanks Sherry,

I believe the stories are true. The evidence seems compelling as it is coming in from many different sources. Yes it is barbaric to me too. It seems it is not officially sanctioned by the central government which is a relief. I do not believe it is a result of a democratic process in which the majority of Iraqis have voted for this. I hope to god the majority of Iraqis would not vote for such a thing but as you say, if they would, that would be their form of democracy.

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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I certainly hope that this story is not true. In fact I don't think anyone should be punished, in any way, because of the way they choose to dress. But not every democracy looks like ours. If the majority of people in a given country voted for Sharia law, or stoning people to death, that would still be democracy. It sounds barbaric to me, but I also think the death penalty is barbaric even when carried out in a relatively humane way as punishment for extremely heinous crimes.

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