Crime and punishment

An Iranian officer lashes a man convicted of rape Wednesday at the northeastern city of Sabzevar, Iran. Rape, like murder and treason, can be punished by the death sentence in Iran, but sometimes judges impose a sentence of lashes before execution or imprisonment.
An Iranian officer lashes a man convicted of rape Wednesday at the northeastern city of Sabzevar, Iran. Rape, like murder and treason, can be punished by the death sentence in Iran, but sometimes judges impose a sentence of lashes before execution or imprisonment. Hossein Esmaeli/AP Photo

An Iranian officer lashes a man convicted of rape Wednesday at the northeastern city of Sabzevar, Iran. Rape, like murder and treason, can be punished by the death sentence in Iran, but sometimes judges impose a sentence of lashes before execution or imprisonment.

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