Iranian Woman Faces Punishment Because of Mistaken Identity

On August 28, The Times of London ran a photo of an Iranian woman who was not wearing a head scarf in their paper, identifying the pictured woman as Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.  Since Iranian law requires all women to cover their bodies and hair, Ashtiani faces a punishment of 99 lashes.  The newspaper then said that the picture was not of Ashtiani, but of a Susan Hejrat, a political activist in Sweden.  Ashtianti’s lawyer is fighting her sentence of 99 lashes due to false identification.

First Source: Diana Cates, Religion & Women’s Studies professor at the University of Iowa.  I located this person using the UIowa website.  This professor would be able to give more insight on women and religion in other countries and how they are treated.

Second Source:  Jim Lewers, editor of the Iowa City Press Citizen.  I located this person on the Press Citizen website.  This person would be able to talk about the importance of checking names with stories and the consequences of misprints.


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