30 January 2006 :an Iranian man was convicted and sentenced to death for kidnapping and raping an estimated 340 young girls, media reports said. "Along with my wife I used to hunt girls under 12 years old," the man, who was only identified as 33-year-old Behrouz, was quoted as confessing.
"I used to threaten them to hand over their gold and I raped some of them. I do not remember, but I think I kidnapped more than 300 girls."
His wife, identified as Anahita, was also given an unspecified jail term for working as his accomplice. She reportedly argued that she was forced to do so and had been badly beaten by her husband. The crimes took place in different Iranian cities, and the sentence was passed down by a court in the central city of Isfahan.