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.