Atena Farghadani

Iran jails woman for 12 yrs because she drew cartoons critical of politicians who restricted birth control

An Iranian artist has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for drawing satirical cartoons of politicians who decided to restrict women’s access to birth control.

Atena Farghadani was on trial at Tehran’s so-called Revolutionary Court for ‘insulting members of parliament through paintings’ in relation to an illustration depicting government officials as animals.

The trial was held on May 19 but she only received the verdict and prison sentence this week.

Although the 28-year-old has been given 12 years and nine months in jail, experts believe this far exceeds the legal limit for such a crime, which currently stands at seven years and six months.

  • Iran has a low birthrate. There is little economy to speak of. Its leaders are mad. The men take their cues from a misogynist culture.

    Those alone are birth control of sorts.

    • Frau Katze

      The leaders are desperately trying to get the birth rate up… The citizens aren’t cooperating.

  • roccolore

    Who knew Iran is just like the liberals who advocate punishing people over cartoons?

  • Hard Little Machine

    That’s the kind of punishment Obama wants to see for insulting Islam.

  • cmh

    I’ve never heard of such a thing! Muslims use birth control?