A young Pakistani Mother of two, Arifa Bibi was sentenced to death by a Tribal Court in Pakistan for simply owning a cell-phone.
She was waist-deep buried, for a slow painful death, her uncles, cousins, other family members and top villagers stood around, and pelted stones at her until she died, only because she possessed a mobile phone.
According to an investigation done by Panjab News, she was buried in a desert far away from the village, and family members were not permitted to take part in her funeral.
The barbaric practice of stoning is all too common in many countries just like Pakistan, still floating in sixth century ideology. Many women’s groups are petitioning to the United Nations to act immediately, and protect women and vulnerable groups in countries like Pakistan, but have been very much ignored.
The Asian Human Rights commission issued this statement via press release: “Stoning to death is a barbaric act from a primitive society,” reads the press release. “Society is sent the message that violence is the way to deal with women and other vulnerable groups. Women’s rights are negated through the use of these forms of punishment. Pakistani society has degenerated to the point that, for a woman, keeping a cell phone has become serious crime. It is treated as a worse crime than gang rape, murder and bomb blasts, through which many people are killed on a daily basis.”
There are no international laws that prohibit stoning.