Iran Publicly Hangs Scorned Suitor Turned Murderer

World | September 13, 2011, Tuesday // 15:58|  views

Iran has publicly hanged a man for murdering a female fellow student who refused to marry him.

The 25-year-old, identified only by his first name Kousha, confessed to stabbing the woman to death in front of witnesses on July 06, local media reported.

"I fell in love with Mahsa when I saw her for the first time. I asked her to marry me, but she turned my proposal down," the daily Sharq news paper quoted Kousha as saying during his trial.

"When I found out she might leave the country after graduation, I took my knives and stabbed her," he said.

Kousha was sent to the gallows near the scene of crime in northwest Tehran.

Under sharia law, imposed in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, crimes like murder, rape, adultery, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking carry the death penalty.

Various human rights groups have criticized Iran for the high number of executions.

Amnesty International reported recently that the number of executions in Iran had sharply increased.


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