4-Year-Old Ameneh Bahrami, was blinded by an Iranian man who threw acid in her face, has been sentcenced to be blinded by the state as punishment for blinding a young girl with acid.
In Iran states the law of retribution is a criminal can be punished via the dictum ‘an eye for an eye.’ This is considered a central part of Sharia law, which is enacted by the Islamic government of Iran.
However, human rights groups condemn this form of punishment.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, from Iran Human Rights, condemned the blinding as barbaric. “Medical staff who cooperate with the Iranian authorities in this act have broken the Hippocratic oath and cannot call themselves doctors,” he said.
The head of criminal affairs for the Tehran prosecutor’s office, Mohammad Shahriari, said: “this man threw acid into the face of a little girl of four years in the Sanandaj region, leaving her blind. Today, the law of retribution was applied in my presence and that of experts.”
Amnesty International’s Iran team a researcher,Raha Bahreini, states that this form of punishment is “unspeakably cruel.”
She told The Guardian: “Blinding is totally prohibited under international law, along with stoning, flogging, amputation and other forms of corporal punishment provided in Iran’s Islamic penal code and must not be carried out under any circumstances.”
Sources: Daily Mail, The Guardian