Iranian child bride to be put to death for the murder of her husband after giving birth to stillborn baby in prison: Under Iranian law, murder carries the death penalty but pregnant women cannot be executed
A child bride is facing execution for the murder of her husband after giving birth to a stillborn baby in prison.
Zeinab Sokian was sentenced to death in 2012 when she just 17 for allegedly murdering her husband in her village in northern Iran.
Ms Sokian, who was just 15 when she first got married, was pregnant from a relationship she formed with a fellow prisoner while in prison but delivered the stillborn child on 30 September.
Now Iranian authorities have told her she will be executed in the next couple of weeks as she is no longer pregnant.
During her trial the court had disregarded her testimony that she had been frequently beaten and abused by her husband, Human Rights Watch reported.
Iran is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which outlaws the use of the death penalty on a person who was under 18 when they committed a capital offence but has already executed at least one child in 2016.