Reyhaneh’s Death sentences an approach to consolidate
the subjugation of women!
Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 19 years old Iranian young
girl, who in an act of self-defence stabbed the rapist could
have never imagined that it would
lead to the death of the rapist (Morteza
Sarbandi). There is something else that Reyhaneh as an interior designer did not know before accepting the rapist offer to design his surgery. She also did not know that he was not an
ordinary doctor but a former
employee of the intelligence service of the Islamic
Republic of Iran. She could have never
imagined that a work project will change her
life. Now, after spending seven
years behind the bars, when all
the freshness of her adolescency
has turned into ashes, she is only one
step away from being hanged. The regime’s court has announced that the only way to lessen the death penalty is to obtain the “forgiveness” of the Sarbandi’s family!
There is no window
of hope for these kind of women to be freed by Islamic Republic Judiciary system, especially as the self-defence leads to the death of a
man who is a security official of the government or in some way connected to the several hundred families who
rule the country. So the most they could hope for is the “forgiveness” and
withdrawal of the family of the person who is killed. There is no doubt that with
such support and legal immunity from the
judicial system of the regime for the “insiders”,
we can expect more of these accidents. With
the dominant patriarchal views that sees women only as a means to serve men nothing
else can be expected?
The retired judge, who has ordered this backward retaliation sentence, has defended his judgment
by saying that Reyhaneh is not a virgin!! He also has explicitly declared that Sarbandi’s
family not to ‘forgive’ is justifiable; as Reyhaneh
has not expressed any regret.
As the only way for reducing the
sentence depends on family forgiveness, it is likely that the family will not
go for a pardon because as they have already mentioned that might indicate they
are admitting the sexual assault by their son. However it is important to note that there is
no sign that the rapist family filed any complain or accusation until four
month after the accident that could be an indication that they were well aware
of the behaviour of their son.
The Islamic courts since the foundation
of the Islamic regime of Iran, have proved that are
not fit in any way to make judgement in the society. When this
system itself is the biggest criminal and they are the cause of many miseries that enforces
backward ideas against women, can we expect the justice by them? The trial and death sentence for Reyhaneh once again
proves Islamic regime hostility towards women and its
anti-woman policies. The Islamic courts by giving this verdict intend to intimidate women and young
girls who are determined not to tolerate their subordination and resist it in various forms.
Struggle to expose this criminal verdict will raise the consciousness
of women and men and once again put the Islamic Republic of Iran under the judgement of
the people of Iran and the world. Fighting to
free Reyhaneh is bound up with the struggle for
overthrowing the Islamic regime of Iran and without this, day after day, such tragedy
will repeat itself.
8March Women Organisation
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