Iran’s judiciary sentenced a man to 80 lashes for sexual harassment in Tehran, state-run media reported today.

According to the report, the 33-year-old man identified by his first name as Omid was charged with sexually harassing 40-year-old Shahla.

Shahla, a divorced mother, said Omid raped her while she was alone in a cemetery. However, the court ruled out the rape charges which can carry the death sentence and sentenced Omid to 80 lashes. The case has been sent to the Supreme Court for review after Shahla protested the ruling.

The Iranian regime is one of the few states that still uses degrading punishments, even though all international civil and political rights conventions have prohibited the use of inhumane punishments such as execution and flogging.

More than 100 “offenses” are punishable by flogging under Iranian law. The offenses include theft, assault, vandalism, defamation, and fraud. They also cover acts that should not be criminalized, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, “breach of public morals” and consensual same-sex sexual relations.

Source » irannewswire