A teenage Muslim girl was stoned to death for breaking ‘Sharia law’ after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine.
It’s hard to imagine a worse way to die: held down or actually buried up to her shoulders, and then pelted with stones until she is obviously battered to death.
19-Year-Old Katya Koren Found Murdered
Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home.
From The Daily Mail:
Friends said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had come seventh in a beauty contest. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared.
Police have opened a murder probe and are investigating claims that three Muslim youths killed her claiming her death was justified under Islam.
One of the three — named as 16-year-old Bihal Gaziev — is under arrest and told police she had ‘violated the laws of Sharia’.
Gaziev said he had no regrets about her death because she had violated the laws of Islam.
But the laws of Islam do not decree that it’s perfectly fine to run around killing people. In fact, as in most religions, the taking of a human life is the ultimate sin.
This brutal murder has nothing to do with religion. It was an extrajudicial killing, and was not even about adultery, the crime for which men and women have been sentenced to death by stoning.
These young men presumably decided that Katya was being disobedient by wanting to flaunt her body. So they took the law into their own hands and administered their own vigilante justice.
Ashtiani’s Sentence To Death By Stoning
There have been several sentences of death by stoning in recent years, perhaps the most famous being Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was convicted of adultery in Iran.
As we at Care2 have written extensively here, her stoning sentence was eventually dropped, but she may still face execution.
In the case of 19-year-old Katya Koren, it is too late.
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