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Poll: Would Iran be right to blind criminal with acid in 'eye for an eye' justice?

The country’s judiciary ruled that a man who poured acid over a woman, blinding and disfiguring her, seven years ago was to suffer the same fate. Is this a punishment that fits the crime or a step to far?

Ameneh Bahrami in 2009. She now lives in Spain.
Ameneh Bahrami in 2009. She now lives in Spain.
Image: Manu Fernandez/AP/Press Association Images

IRAN WAS TO blind a man with acid as punishment for him doing the same to a female victim seven years ago but the retributive punishment has been postponed indefinitely.

The so-called eye for an eye retribution was demanded by the victim Ameneh Bahrami. She was severely disfigured and blinded by a jar of acid thrown over her by Majid Movahedi in 2004 after she rejected several marriage proposals.

The punishment was to be carried out under a sentence called qisas, meaning retribution in kind, which is in accordance with Islamic sharia law before it was postponed today.

No reason for the postponement has been given and there is no indication of if and when it will take place.

But was Iran right to consider the punishment of blinding the convicted criminal with acid?


Poll Results:

No (743)
Yes (669)


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Hugh O'Connell

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