Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian
woman, was convicted of adultery and sentenced to
stoning, which involves being buried up to your chest in dirt and then hit with stones of a precise size. The Washington Post explains,
Stoning was widely imposed in the years following the 1979 Islamic
revolution, and even though Iran's judiciary still regularly hands down
such sentences, they are often converted to other punishments.
The last known stoning was carried out in 2007, although the
government rarely confirms that such punishments have been meted out.
Under Islamic rulings, a man is usually buried up to his waist,
while a woman is buried up to her chest with her hands also buried.
Those carrying out the verdict then throw stones until the condemned
CNN reports that her stoning has been temporarily halted (lots of videos there). Her cause has been championed by Western media and social media. I'm doing my part to spread the word. If you would like to sign an online petition, here's one and another one.