Nothing justifies such a sentence, ever:
A Sudanese woman, believed to be around 20, has been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, and is being held near Khartoum, shackled in prison with her baby son, rights groups and lawyers said on Thursday.
Campaigners condemned the ruling, saying it violated international standards and raised concerns that Sudan might start applying sharia, or Islamic law, more strictly following the secession of mostly non-Muslim South Sudan last year.
The woman, Intisar Sharif Abdalla, was sentenced by the Ombada criminal court on April 22, court documents seen by Reuters showed.
Two lawyers assigned to her case, who declined to be named, said they were launching an appeal adding Abdalla appeared to be under severe psychological strain.
"She's in dire need of a psychiatrist because she appears to be in a state of shock from the social and family pressures she's under," one lawyer said.
Abdalla was illiterate and did not have a lawyer or interpreter in the courtroom, although Arabic is not her native language, the lawyers and activists added.
Arabic is the main language in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, though a wide range of smaller languages are also spoken, particularly in tribal areas. It was unclear where Abdalla came from.
For those who decry the legislation in this country (the US) that bans the application of Shari'a law in resolving disputes, kindly ask them about this portion of the code. This is exactly the sort of thing that Our Lord stopped -- for nothing is worth this punishment. One would also hope that the feminists would speak out against this mysogynistic attack on women and choice. Waiting...
And in the meantime, prayers for this young woman -- and her baby. A culture that would mete out this punishment would likely tar him for life with the shame.