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Stoning Women Increases

Updated on July 19, 2014

Stoning in the 21st Century

On Friday July 18, 2014 the stoning of women began in Syria.

The stoning death is reportedly the first execution by stoning the the Syrian Province of Raqa by the Islamic State (IS) organization in the country. The charge was adultery.

The reports state that the family of the woman were uninformed of the swift plan for the execution, which was conducted in a public square. Other media reports state that IS is taking over many sections of land and large stores of weapons in Iraq.

Raqa Province - First Stoning In Syria

Tabaqa, Syria:
Tabqa Dam, Syria

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Home of the executed woman.

Raqa Province, Syria:
Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria

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Punishment and Abuse in Attitudes

Some thoughts produced on this HubMob topic have been a hyperbole of the expression that certain groups of beings should not be afforded equal rights - or any rights at all. In professional experience, I've most often found that an overstatement of this belief foreshadows taking the attitude up the food chain against humans. This is disturbing.

To counter the tendency toward animal maltreatment, humane societies, rescue organizations, county animal control departments, and other organizations advocate, patrol, rescue domestic and wildlife, and even arrest human perpetrators.

Animal programs on television help as well, bringing awareness to viewers. Animal Planet network provides many of these shows, although local broadcasting offers their own in towns around the nation. Progress is being made.

The Stoning of St Stephen, carved circa 1100 AD.
The Stoning of St Stephen, carved circa 1100 AD. | Source

It is understandable that, say, a college student with an aging pet dog cannot afford $800 for exploratory surgery on the pet and must authorize euthanasia. It is another attitude that seeps out of a statement that one will do as one pleases with any animal in one's care, and it is no one else's businesses.

This is disturbing in that the chain of abusive actions that can, in the end, lead to murder, one human of another, sometimes begins with animal abuse. Regardless, It is a marker for future disaster in a child or adult that displays it. Self defense and hunting for food are not issues in this behavior --

If any here have seen a squirrel or rabbit stoned to death for no reason by teens or others that say, "It's only a squirrel" - you may understand. I think there is no reason to stone an animal unless it is inescapably charging in attack with intent to kill or eat you/anyone and cannot be stopped by less drastic means. Insects are stepped on everyday - this is not what we're talking about. Purposely harming animals without reason is wantonly destructive.

On another level, stoning adults and children (why?) as a form of execution is primitive, though culturally accepted, and the International Committee Against Stoning advocates to prevent the practice. In fact, the ICAS counsels that it is not cultural, but only an artifact of government.

Future or Past?

One of the popular science fiction TV shows once portrayed a "perfect" middle class American town with no problems. In the minds of the residents, their town was maintained as perfect, only because they sacrificed one of themselves to a stoning death every year.

The final scenes included a camera closeup from within the center of a circle of residents preparing to stone the latest victim. The episode says a lot about present and past culture and belief and is disturbing. It can be a good point for starting a conversation.


During the initial week of this HubMob topic, the ICAS announced through spokesperson Mina Ahadi on December 9, 2010 that two people were saved from a stoning execution. This was encouraging, particularly since the week before, a woman was stoned to death despite pleas that she not be stoned. Iran is one place in which stoning has been acceptable. To many in other parts of the world and even in Iran, the crimes committed do not justify stoning, or any execution. In fact, many do not feel that any crimes were committed - e.g. not wearing a veil. It is a difficult circumstance.

In the latest victory, a woman and her son, as well as two German journalists were freed by Iran. People over the world expressed pleas and requests for their release with the help of a Facebook page for the ICAS and are very happy with the result. The woman and her son are Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and Sajad Ghaderzadeh.

For those that are interested in protesting stoning or all executions in general, visit the links below.

My concern in this movement is fueled by an incident in Ohio in recent years. An Islamic family, by tradition, supported brothers' knife wounding, possibly attempted murder, of their sister after an unrelated man saw the skin of her arm. A local judge upheld the family's right to do so. This is disturbing.    


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It is unfortunately that, according to the media, a stoning execution occurred for the first time in Northern Syria on 7/18/14.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Glad there is an organization working to prevent this, whether cultural or a govt. artifact. Totally inhumane. Voted and rated.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for this message.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Even the title of this hub shocked me, because the very existence of an International Committee Against Stoning implies that this practice is practiced in many parts of the world.

      The incident in Ohio was truly shocking, not so much because of what the brother did to the sister but because of the American judge's ruling that what would otherwise clearly be considered a violent abusive crime was upheld as a "family right."

      Thanks for raising awareness of this issue and for providing resources to fight the abuses.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      They are trying very hard to bring in their Laws into England and apparently these courts already exists secretly. Thank you for bringing this to the attention to everyone.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, I have been following this on the News and I find it amazing and appalling, in this day and age it should be banned completely, nell

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for the comments and follows! It is surprising that the phenomenon still exists and to such magnitude.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      This is very disturbing, Patty. I thought it was only implemented on Biblical times but during our time..death by stoning. It's so scary!

      Our ship loaded oil cargo in Iran (especially at Kharg island). Port personnel were nice to us; they never forewarned us about this thing.

      Just followed you link on ICAS at Facebook. -_-

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I agree that whatever the cultures, customs and laws are in a person's country or origin--those rules and laws stop when you enter the borders of our country.

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      Susan Mills 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for sharing this information. There is so much that is slowly encroaching on the freedoms of Americans. It is almost impossible to know them all, but this is a start.

      Thank you for the links as well. This is a terrible, abhorrent practice. While we may not be able to stop it in other countries, we can try. We can also be aware and do what we can to not allow it in our own! I did not know that about the Ohio courts. That this was allowed is scary!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for all your comments and support. I hope we can end stoning.

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      9 years ago

      Shocking insight. I found it an example of human rights violation. I hope civilization and global voice against such act will finally establish justice.

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      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Nowhere in our nation should cultural differences or beliefs be acceptable from immigrants that have such a disparity with local and national law. It is more than disturbing, it is an outrage. These people need to accept the laws of the land they now live in.

      As for stoning, it is a barbaric tradition that is steeped in cruelty and inequity. The act whether of culture or government is wrong, period.

      Thanks for opening this discussion.

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      9 years ago

      This is a disturbing practice which should be internationally banned as soon as possible. There is no reason to take anyone's life in this inhumane and barbaric way. I personally don't believe in capital punishment and if my life were to be taken, I would want a quicker and less barbaric way.

      Thanks for sharing these thoughts and God bless.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you for discussing this practice.


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