Two lesbian activists have been sentenced to death in Iran. The 24 and 31-year-old women were found guilty of "corruption on earth," the Iranian judiciary said in a statement published on the Internet. This is the most serious charge in the Islamic Republic's legal system, and is usually brought against violations of Sharia law.
The two women are currently being held in a women's prison. According to activists, they are accused of "promoting" homosexuality. Homosexuality is forbidden in Iran. The Iranian Criminal Code expressly criminalizes same-sex sexual activity for both men and women. As the "Spiegel" reports, citing the state news agency IRNA, the two convicts, Zahra Sedighi and Elham Chobdar, are said to have exploited young women, according to the indictment.
Iran's 2013 Islamic Penal Code contains a plethora of provisions criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual relations, Amnesty International summarizes on its website.
Such "acts" would be accompanied by corporal punishment, such as B. caning and also the death penalty. Sexual acts between two women are criminalized under the charge of Mosahegheh, which is defined under Article 238 of the Iranian Penal Code as "the placing of the sexual organ on that of another woman".
Sources: Amnesty International, AFP, "Spiegel"