In Iran, the death penalty is given to children for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking, and armed robbery. According to the Islamic Penal Law, the age when girls are held accountable for their crimes is 9 years old, while the international conventions have banned the death penalty for individuals under 18.

Pursuant to the passing of new laws in recent years, the Iranian Judiciary System detains children in the Juvenile Delinquents Correction Centre after their verdict. Those with minor crimes are freed after serving their term and those who are sentenced to death are hanged after reaching 18 if the next of kin (private complainants) do not take back their complaints. At the time of this photo shoot, some of the girls were waiting for their execution. However, some of the next of kin (private complainants) withdrew their complaints and some girls were freed. They are living a normal life now. This project still continues.

- Sadegh Souri

Sadegh Souri was born in 1985 in Nahavand City, Hamedan Province of I.R. IRAN. He received a degree in Photography and Cinematography from the University of Applied Science and Technology. He began his photography career in 2005 and has had four solo exhibitions. 2009,2011,2012. He has been the cinematographer for more than 50 documentary films. He is a member of Iranian Youth Cinema Society, National Iranian Photographers Society, Iranian Photojournalists Association, and Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique.

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