State Department Condemns Gruesome Stoning Of Pakistani Woman

There has been a lot of press recently about the truly medieval practice of stoning as a death penalty, especially because of the international controversy about the stoning (and now, it seems, potential hanging) of Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani for adultery and murder.  Stoning is still a common and acceptable punishment in countries outside Iran, as cellphone footage that was recently smuggled out of Pakistan proves. 

Last night, the State Department condemned the video, which depicts a group of men “raining stones” on a woman tethered to the ground as she pleads for help.  I’m not going to link to the video because it’s triggering and graphic, but it’s easy to find on Youtube.  The woman was reportedly executed for being seen with a man.

“It’s difficult to know where and when it was shot,” Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council of Foreign Relations, told ABC News’ Brian Ross in an interview, “It is consistent with videos that have been coming from Taliban-controlled areas since the ’90s.”

In a statement, the U.S. State Department condemned the attack, which reportedly took place around two months ago, saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal stoning of a woman in Orakzai, Pakistan…The vicious attack…is a chilling example of the cowardly disregard violent extremists have for human life.”

Human rights advocates have been increasingly vocal against stoning in the many countries where the punishment is still carried out.  In a letter published in the Guardian on September 21 and signed by the representatives of around 40 human rights groups, the signatories asked the United Nations to condemn stoning as a crime against humanity and to boycott the government of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad for their refusal to release Ashtiani.

You can take a stand against stoning in Iran by signing this petition.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


valda p.
valda p7 years ago

Religion ,culture nor ignorance is no excuse for the horrific acts committed mainly on woman,such as stoning flogging etc.this is condoned not only by the Taliban ,also by all islamic culture that is under Sharia law,which controls the daily life of it's people ,especially -the women,they say Islam is a peace loving religion ,are all the books ,stories ,accounts of the barbaric stoning ,beheadings ,cutting off limbs a figment of someone's imagination?I don't think even your worst nightmare would conjure up such a horrific apparition .

Tawfiq Sallauddin

Disgusting,inhuman acts.

Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

The words in my heart cannot be put to page.

But as long as a large majority of "menkind" is ruled by Dark Age Governments there is little hope for intelligence to flourish, never mind compassion.

So how is it that the esteemed governments of Western countries deal with these low-brow rulers? How come they get our hard-earned tax dollars so freely? How come it is over-looked that they betray the trust of our governments? Does this mean our governments are not as “street-smart” as they claim?

Supporting low-brow governments = supporting such murders. In a nutshell, we are not as advanced as we like to believe or pretend to be.

J. Goodacre
Janice G7 years ago

Just for being seen with a man - barbaric

Zelime Matthews
Zelime Gizzi7 years ago

Whats with the 1 %? Do you speak English? Your dumb!

Deb O.
Deb O7 years ago

A horrible fate that needs to be changed. Note that most of the time, it is the women who are stone, not the men.

Colin Hope
Colin Hope7 years ago

Old national traditions never die, changes have to be enforced by drastic measures!

moggy w.
moggy w7 years ago

"The U.S. condemns the stoning" Don't make me laugh. We don't "condemn" it enough to stop buying their oil! And we sure won't tell them what to do- not a word has been said about other proposed stoning. Oil trumps human rights. every time.

Patricia McCaskill


Walter have respect for them because their system of law is far older than ours? This makes it ok? And then you brag about your son driving stoned while behind the wheel of multi trailer semis? Hmm wonder when the day he kills several in a traffic accident pile up? Will it all be so amusing then?
I'd like you to feel just one stone against that dense head of yours.

Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

We are looking into another culture with 14th century law systems. As barbaric as the acts seem, we must respect them for having a legal system many centuries older than our will ever be if it keeps to the course it is on now.

And now a word of wisdom from my visiting eldest son, a long haul truck driver in an industrialized country, who claims he drives around in huge multi trailer rigs while being stoned the majority of the time.