Many nations having Shariah Law or Mullah rule in the world are continuing to commit various forms of violence in the name of Islam. What Islamists and people like Ahmadinejad or Wahhabis or groups like Hamas, Hezbollah or Al Qaeda are doing is not Islam at all. In those nations which have Shariah law or the laws of Mullahs, we have reports of sexual assault inside Iranian prisons by the prison guards under the refuge of sermons issued by the Mullahs. Such practices continue in
A highly influential Shi
According to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center [ITIC], an independent intelligence analysis organization, Mesbah-Yazdi is considered Ahmadinejad
At the Jamkaran gathering, Mesbah-Yazdi and Ahmadinejad answered questions about the rape and torture charges. The following text is from a transcript by Iranian dissidents to a series of questions and answers exchanged between the Ayatollah and some of his supporters.
Asked if a confession obtained "by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure" was "valid and considered credible according to Islam," Mesbah-Yazdi replied: "Getting a confession from any person who is against the Velayat-e Faqih
["Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists", or the regime of
"Can an interrogator rape the prisoner in order to obtain a confession?" was the follow-up question posed to the Islamic cleric.
Mesbah-Yazdi answered: "The necessary precaution is for the interrogator to perform a ritual washing first and say prayers while raping the prisoner. If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present. If it is a male prisoner, then it
This reply, and reports of the rape of teen male prisoners in Iranian jails, may have prompted the following question: "Is the rape of men and young boys considered sodomy?"
Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi: "No, because it is not consensual. Of course, if the prisoner is aroused and enjoys the rape, then caution must be taken not to repeat the rape."
A related issue, in the eyes of the questioners, was the rape of virgin female prisoners. In this instance, Mesbah-Yazdi went beyond the permissibility issue and described the Allah-sanctioned rewards accorded the rapist-in-the-name-of-Islam:
"If the judgment for the [female] prisoner is execution, then rape before execution brings the interrogator a spiritual reward equivalent to making the mandated Haj pilgrimage [to Mecca], but if there is no execution decreed, then the reward would be equivalent to making a pilgrimage to [the Shi
One aspect of these permitted rapes troubled certain questioners: "What if the female prisoner gets pregnant? Is the child considered illegitimate?"
Mesbah-Yazdi answered: "The child borne to any weakling [a denigrating term for women] who is against the Supreme Leader is considered illegitimate, be it a result of rape by her interrogator or through intercourse with her husband, according to the written word in the Koran. However, if the child is raised by the jailer, then the child is considered a legitimate Shi
Meanwhile, the same Ahmadinejad in another live interview with a state-run radio station said that that any rape or torture of political prisoners in Iranian detention centers in recent months had been carried out by “enemy” agents, not the government.
Recently two prominent members of
In her essay Ms. Sadr wrote:
Published reports are available about the types of torture committed against women political prisoners after the 1979 Revolution. The most systematic type of reported rape has been the rape of virgin girls who were sentenced to death by execution for political reasons. They were raped on the night before execution.. These reports have been substantiated by frequent statements from the relatives of women political prisoners. On the day after the execution, authorities returned their daughter’s dead body to them along with a sum considered to be the alimony. Reports state that in order to lose their virginity, girls were forced to enter into a temporary marriage with men who were in charge of their prison. Otherwise it was feared that the executed prisoner would go to heaven because she was a virgin!
“During the 1980s, the rape of women political prisoners seems to have been prevalent. It was so prevalent as to make Ayatollah Montazeri, Khomeini’s deputy at the time, write the following to Khomeini in a letter dated October 7, 1986: “Did you know that young women are raped in some of the prisons of the Islamic Republic?”
Recently Mr. Samienejad, who was imprisoned in the past for blogging but has managed to avoid detention this year, published a post, in English, headlined, “Memories of Prison and Raped Prisoners.” Mr. Samienejad’s post began:
The practice of rape on prisoners, brought up by [reformist Mehdi] Karoubi in his letter to [former President Ali Akbar Hashemi] Rafsanjani, has existed for the last three decades in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Many prisoners have written about it in their memoirs, and rumors have always existed about the issue. Prisoner rape is one of the most horrific forms of human rights violations in
In the first of five harrowing memories, Mr. Samienejad writes that during his detention four years ago:
The terms ‘coke bottle’ and ‘baton’ were constantly used by my interrogators, who were threatening to use these objects on me.
Mr. Samienejad also describes his unsuccessful attempt to get prison authorities to accept a letter of complaint he wrote on behalf of another prisoner who appeared to have been raped. He concludes:
Prison authorities never investigate these cases and do not take them seriously. If I were to write all my memories of such cases I would have to write about many cases.
What you just read in this article are only a few examples of what I saw. In my two years of imprisonment, I witnessed and heard about hundreds of cases of rape. I will write about them gradually in the future.
Despite what he says is this first-hand knowledge of brutal abuses by Iranian authorities, Mr. Samienejad contacted The Lede today to say that it is important to him that outsiders understand that the blame lies within specific individuals.
According to Mr. Samienejad he and other Iranian activists were upset that an editorial about prison rape in New York Times was headlined “Shame On
Iranian pro-democracy activist and eminet journalist Shirin Sadeghi wrote in an article: “On Friday June 19, a large group of mourners gathered at the Ghoba mosque in
Taraneh, whose first name is Persian for "song", disappeared into arrest.
“Weeks later, according to the blog, her mother received an anonymous call from a government agent saying that her daughter had been hospitalized in
“According to another Iranian blog which claims to have original information about Taraneh from her family, Iranian security forces contacted Taraneh
“Witnesses have come forward to the various Internet sites who are covering Taraneh
Despite its agitations for reform, Iranian society remains traditional, according to Iranian-British blogger Potkin Azarmehr, and it
”Not that the stigma of rape is exclusive to
“The psychology of threatening protesters and political activists is not a new science. The strategies and ultimate goals are the same for any kind of torture: to humiliate, disembody [through denying the victim authority over his/her own physical self], extract confessions [whether true or false] and ultimately permanently terrorize the victims to prevent further
“Prison abuse and torture is also about marking these victims as defiled human beings -- it
“The story of Taraneh
With allegations of sexual assault in prisons brought to the fore in
Rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali, who heads a Parliament committee tasked with probing into the death and detention of those arrested in the post-election frenzy, said the board met with the leading opposition figure on August 24, 2009 to examine the evidence provided on alleged
The three-hour meeting took place after Karroubi wrote a letter to the influential Head of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, on July 29, claiming that jailers brutally
The publication of the letter caused an uproar inside and outside
Jalali told Mehr News Agency that six lawmakers -- including himself, Omidvar Rezaei, Ali Motahhari, Mehdi Sanaie, Parviz Sorouri and Farhad Tajari -- met Karroubi in his office on Monday where he talked about four alleged victims of jailhouse rape at the hands of security personnel.
According to Jalali, the two-time former Majlis speaker will introduce the alleged victims to the probe committee for further investigation.
Karroubi, however, said that while these four victims are ready to testify before Parliament, they do not feel safe doing so.
The head of the Majlis probe committee said that the four alleged victims would be scheduled to speak up about their torment in front of the board.
He added that the committee is also set to hold a meeting on the issue with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and the country
Alongside the meeting with the probe committee, Karroubi
The victim said that the defeated candidate Karroubi helped him get through difficult times after his experience, and get rid of suicidal thoughts.
The victim added that he had met with a representative of the former general prosecutor who, after listening to his account, expressed his sympathy, saying "alas" in reaction to the situation.
A 15-year-old boy, Reza, has alleged that he was locked up in
Reza is so horrified by the incident that he refuses to go outside and is terrified of being left alone.
“My life is over. I don’t think I can ever recover,” The Times quoted Reza, as saying.
A doctor treating him confirmed that he is suicidal, and bears the appalling injuries consistent with his story.
Reza’s family is also enduring the pain with him and exploring ways to flee
Reza’s ordeal began in mid-July, when he was arrested along with 40 other teenagers during an opposition demonstration.
He claimed that the arrested teenagers were taken to the Basij militia base, where they were blindfolded, stripped to their underwear, whipped with cables and then locked in a steel shipping container.
Reza claims that three men on the first night singled him out and pushed him to the ground. He further said that one held his head down, another sat on his back and the third urinated on him before raping him. [Source: Asian News International].
And here is another disturbing bulletin from
The Bangladesh Minority Watch [BDMW],
Both the news on rape inside prison in