Coming from Assam (World's largest tea producer), tea, especially my morning cuppa is extremely precious to me. With every sip, my head gets cleared, my spirits get lifted, and my inner qualities – whatever they are, definitely get a boost.

But today my morning cup of tea has been embittered. And here is the reason: Marzieh Vafamehr, I just learnt, is to be lashed in public, 90 times.

Marzieh who?

An Iranian actor (obviously woman), Marzieh recently acted in an Australian film called ‘My Tehran For Sale’. Her crime or ‘sin’: not wearing the Hijab and shaving her head (as demanded by the script). She was arrested in July. And now comes the punishment, passed by a court: 1 year jail and 90 lashes.

I am appalled, angry and bitter. Now let me be very, very clear: I haven’t watched the film, not yet. (You can watch it here I have never met her and I have no idea how good or bad of an actor Marzieh is (which should be the only yardstick to judge an artist). But she is a human being with certain rights and an artist who did her job and that’s enough for me to protest this barbaric decision to punish her, loud enough.

Will you join me?

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This takes me back to memories of the stoning of Soraya. I am also angry, bitter and upset when a society imposes its perceptions of morality on another person who is using her God-given talent to make a living. It is a barbaric decision and when women suffer in the name of religion, I get particularly angry. Everyone should have choices, to be who they want to be, to dress in the manner they please, to have a career of their liking and surely to decide the length of their hair. Thanks for sharing this Stella.

My dear

Can't thank you enough for these words of support! Its really, really important that we, as women, as humans and as believers in human rights stand up against this horrible practices, no matter where they are happening and who is the victim.

If we don't do this, we have no rights to expect support when our rights are violated. Thanks again!


Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

Thank you Stella Paul for bringing up this burning issue of violence against women under flimsy excuse. I join you in condemning this injustice in strongest possible voice!!! I urge the entire world pulse community also to condemn this.

Thanks to you too, my dear, for calling a wrong a wrong. I also hope our other friends in this forum will speak out against this horrific punishment. In fact we should protest this barbaric act wherever it is happening.

Thank you indeed, for reading and commenting!

Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

I strongly condemn this decison by Iran govt to flog Marzieh. I condemn as a Muslim woman. It is wrong interpretation of Islam to lash a woman like that. Islam is a religion of peace. Such actions are against Islam.

I thank you for sharing this story with us.

Yes my friend, I too deeply believe that religion is for making us better human beings, not for reducing us into inhuman creatures. I thank you so much for being courageous enough to protest this illogical and cruel decision against Marzieh!

Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

Thanks my dear sister. Its really dangerous when if you think that a person can not even do her job without being punished. Its like tomorrow someone coming as asking us to stop writing or be whipped. So scary and so disgusting! It must stop!

Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

My blood boils when i hear stories like this one, poor woman, poor us really even though we are in different parts of the globe. I condemn what happened to this talented woman in the strongest terms. Really, what sense is there in punishing a woman for shaving her own hair. Did anybody suffer any loss when she acted and dressed the way she did?

Dear Breese

I am travelling and unfortunately don't have the time to follow up much for next few days. But if someone else does find something related to this, I will surely endorse. Meanwhile, we can all just keep sharing and spreading the word.

Thanks indeed!

Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

Dear Sister ,

I am with you on this journey of speading the news and bringing this horrible crime to the light. I cannot believe that in this century things like this still take place. It makes my stomach sick and pains my heart each and everytime i read or hear a story such as this. This is the very reason why i say our VOICES are the MOST POWERFUL TOOL we have and with that we are able to make change, move ground and bring awareness to the things that are happening in todays world. With your permission i would like to share your story on my website and with my network of women... they too will join you in this effort of getting the news over the borders and through the woods of politics and hate against women and girls.

you can contact me directly to share your story via email or browse through my website at to see where your story will be posted.

Have a blessed day and continue sharing your voice!


Dear Mia

I am in Nepal today, for a conference.So, can't do justice to your nice message. But I will say this much: thank you tons for supporting a just cause and please go ahead and share it on your site.


Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe