Ten days ago, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was just another nameless person on death row, a tally-mark in the ledgers of a remote Iranian prison waiting to be brutally erased.
But last week it was a global outcry that saved her from being stoned to death — a shocking practice where victims are buried up to their necks in the ground and then pelted in the head with rocks until dying an excruciating death.
Sakineh’s brave children told her story to the media, and within hours outrage spread across the world. The uproar spread to the highest levels of government, as Turkey and Britain’s Foreign Ministers condemned Sakineh’s stoning sentence. Amidst this backlash, Iran announced that the sentence had been suspended.