Iranian Sentenced to Having His Eyes Gouged Out as Punishment for Acid Attack
IRANIAN SENTENCED TO HAVING HIS EYES GOUGED OUT AS PUNISHMENT FOR ATTACK – There is no question that we in the west find Islamic justice sometime a little hard to swallow and this latest medley of Iranian justice has certainly infuriated many human rights activists.
“There were some encouraging signs last year where political prisoners were released … But it appears at least in the past seven weeks that in fact executions have been scaled up,’ told a news briefing.
We regret that the new government has not changed its approach to the death penalty and continues to impose capital punishment for a wide range of offences. We urge the government to immediately halt executions and to institute a moratorium.” UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani
It’s likely that the views of Ravina Shamdasani will be ignored by the Iranian authorities for they continue, as pointed out, handing out their own style of justice.
This recent case involves a man who attacked a young girl and then threw acid over her, scarring her for life. She in turn applied to court and demanded an ‘eye for an eye’.
The Iranian authorities uphold that the removal of body parts as punishment is part of their judicial system and as such, under Islamic law, is perfectly legal; even righteous.
As punishment for his crime he has now been sentenced to having his eyes gouged out on the premises that the acid attack blinded the girl and therefore the adoption of the edict ‘an eye for an eye’ enables the victim to have justice.
The acid attack, according to news reports, also resulted leaving the girl without a right ear or nose and therefore an Iranian court is now considering increasing the sentence so that the man is sentenced to having his right ear and his nose cut off in addition to having his eyes gouged out.
When it comes to justice in Iran it is often viewed as both swift and brutal and this year alone, some 95 people have been put to death for a various range of crimes.
Human rights groups were hoping with the newly elected president Hassan Rohani, that the number of executions would drop as he appeared more liberal; even agreeing to meet with a U.S President for the first time in decades.
It was seen as a sign of hope that Iran and the U.S differences could be finally laid to rest and that it would open a path to more dialogue between the two nations.
Certainly the Iranians have pledged to improve their human rights record and in September last year released a number of political prisoners as a sign of good faith and intentions.
Last year UN Human Rights declared that between 500 and 625 people were executed in Iran, of these 28 were women and two were children.
The question that continues to be debated is whether Iran should be manipulated to change its views on capital punishment by imposing further sanctions. Again the death penalty is a subject that continues to receive worldwide public attention and whilst many feel the UK would be better off by reinstating it there can be no question that any civilized society should condone what is clearly viewed as barbaric justice.