10 Oct 2016

Iranian Child Bride Faces Execution for Killing Abusive Husband

Zeinab Sokian was sentenced to death for the 2012 murder of her husband, when she was just 17, Daily Mail reports. While in jail, she married another prisoner and fell pregnant, and as Iranian law prevents pregnant women from being executed, her death sentence was delayed.

She, however, gave birth to a stillborn child on September 30 in Euromieh central prison, meaning she could now be put to death within weeks. Zeinab was just 15 when she married her first husband.

Under the Iranian law, girls can marry at 13-years-old and boys at 15. During her trial, Zeinab claimed that her husband frequently beat and abused her. However, her claims were dismissed by the court.

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