An Iranian man convicted of blinding another in the ever popular acid throwing olympics has had his eyes gouged out in Iran. Considering all the other punishments Iran has lined up for transgressors I was quite surprised to hear that this was a first. Apparently many doctors had refused to do it on previous occasions. The method used is to put the person to sleep and jimmy out the eyeball.
In Iranian (sharia) law the victim has the final say in whether the criminal should be punished and they can also to decide to yank each eyeball out in stages as in this case, the victim decided at the last minute to give the villain 6 more months with the remaining right eye to think over the error of his ways and plead for clemency.
In another case the scheduled eye removal was postponed by the victim who wanted ‘the pleasure’ of carrying out the job with his own two hands.
Ameneh Bahrami (pic) on the other hand received international praise when she chose to pardon her attacker, which stopped the eye removal only hours before it was to be carried out also with a face full of acid.
What say you??!!
An eye for an eye is condoned in parts of the bible – as is forgiveness, so is it something you can be down with?
What if it were your daughter, or mother or son who ended up disabled for life and you had the chance to inflict the same degree of pain on the perp, would you do it?
What if the perp was a grinning psychopath with zero remorse for what he did and was sentenced to live in the warmth and protection of the system with a full belly, chrissie presents, no bills to worry about and perks: TV, computer, letters, a cushy prison job so he can buy those cigs and choc bars whilst you paid tax to help him live this way? (I’m twisting the knife here!)
Could you forgive or would you be down for a little tit for tat?