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Monday, December 15, 2008

When an Eye for an Eye Seems Fair


An Iranian woman is seeking a sentence for her attacker more in line with something out of a torture manual than natural justice.

Four years ago, a spurned suitor poured a bucket of sulfuric acid over her head, leaving her blind and disfigured.

Late last month, an Iranian court ordered that five drops of the same chemical be placed in each of her attacker's eyes, acceding to Bahrami's demand that he be punished according to a principle in Islamic jurisprudence that allows a victim to seek retribution for a crime. The sentence has not yet been carried out.

Seems like a very barbaric sentence, but given the crime, pretty reasonable from her perspective. Why not an acid bath?

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7 comments:

jams o donnell said...

My gut says yea, my head says it's a grim and barbaric act.. even if the crime was ghastly

Colin Campbell said...

I have exactly the same feeling Jams. I don't think the world needs more horrific torture. I can empathasise with that lady however. Happy that I am not on a jury if I had to confront that decision.

Vacuous said...

Yeah, I'll echo the comments above. It's a horrendous crime, but dealing with an abominable act with another abominable act doesn't ring right with me. As for an alternative punishment? I dunno. Watching re-runs of Friends? That's torture for the eyeballs...

Bock the Robber said...

Measure it this way: how much sleep will you lose if they do it to him?

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

I go with Jams on this. Mostly because the thought of inflicting it on anyone seems horrible. The doing of it terrible

But what a wicked act in the first place. If it is carried out my sympathy will not be high for the original perpetrator.

TBRRob said...

Add this one to the if I ever become a dictator list. It's a populist policy...

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