Those carrying out the verdict then throw stones until the person dies. If the person manages to escape from the hole, he or she will remain free under Islamic law.
Iran doesn't have a lot of game shows. Iranian Salaam, which is basically a call-in game show is not exactly all that exciting. But that's okay because thanks to the magic of Islamic law, Iran already has the most exciting game show ever.
The rules are simple. A man or woman are charged with adultery and then buried in a hole in the ground. If they can escape the hole, then they are set free. If they can't, they die.
Typically under Islamic rulings, a man is buried up to his waist, while a woman is buried up to her neck. Those carrying out the verdict then throw stones until the person dies. If the person manages to escape from the hole, he or she will remain free under Islamic law.
As you can see the setup of the Islamic game show that is life in Iran is designed to be unfair to women. But now change may be coming.
Iran has amended its internationally condemned law on stoning convicted adulterers to death to allow judges to impose a different form of execution, according to the revision seen by AFP on Thursday.
An article of Iran's Islamic new penal code, published earlier this week, states that, "if the possibility of carrying out the (stoning) verdict does not exist," the sentencing judge may order another form of execution pending final approval by the judiciary chief.
The article does not explain what is meant by the possibility of stoning not existing.
In Iran, executions are normally carried out by hanging.
So Iran might conceivably switch from giving adulterers the chance to escape while being hung. Men will get a chair under their legs. Women will not. Because Islam.
Oddly the same sort of liberal activists who insist that women are being discriminated against in the United States step in to prevent any ban on Islamic law from being implemented. It's like they can't wait for Stoned in a Hole to come to the United States.