Man Who Threw Acid Over Victim's Face Has His Eyes Gouged Out As Punishment
The old cliche of an ‘eye for an eye’ is taken literally in Iran, igniting controversy after a man’s eye was gouged out in interpretation of Sharia law.
The man in question is accused of blinding another man in an acid attack and was consequently sentenced to lose both his eyes as punishment.
The punishment known as qesas, or “retaliation in kind,” came after the man blinded and disfigured his victim back in 2009. On top of the eye gouging, the attacker will also pay a hefty fine and spend up to 10 years in prison.
It is common in Iran for the victim to decide the extent of the punishment handed out to their attacker. In this case, they went the whole way.
The prisoner, known as Hamid, also lost an ear for an alleged attack on Davoud Roushanaei, who was also disfigured by the attack.
Others have shown forgiveness in the past, choosing not to reciprocate the damage that was done to themselves. One such case is Ameneh Bahrami, an Iranian woman who was blinded and disfigured by a lover in 2004. She was given the option of putting drops of bleach in both of his eyes.
In a brave display of forgiveness, the 34-year-old instead showed mercy.
“It is best to pardon when you are in a position of power,” Bahrami said during her court hearing four years ago.
Iranian Ameneh Bahrami with photographs of herself before she was blinded by a man.
Amnesty International are leading the outcry at the severity of the punishment, with a researcher quoted as saying, “Punishing someone by deliberately blinding them is an unspeakably cruel and shocking act.
“This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran’s justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities’ shocking disregard for basic humanity.
“Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form of corporal punishment prohibited by international law. Such punishments should not be carried out under any circumstances.”
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