Eye for an eye justice practiced in Iran

by omouggos

In the Book of Exodus it says “But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”[1] To some the biblical law of an eye for an eye demonstrates the brutality of the Old Testament, while others see it as a progressive establishment of proportionality in legal punishment.

Regardless of such arguments, while most modern nations accept the concept that a legal punishment should be commensurate with the severity of the crime committed, literal eye for an eye style punishment is not practiced in most countries. Well, Iran appears to be an exception to this trend.

Five years ago in Iran, two men got into a fight, and during the coarse of the altercation, one of the men had an eye gouged out by the other. It is now being reported that the eye gouger has been sentenced, pursuant with sharia law, to having one of his own eyes gouged out.[2]

I wonder if President Obama, or John Kerry, in their attempts to sell the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal, will bring up this case. I highly doubt it.

Many will rightfully point out the brutality of the Saudi regime, how they utilize beheading to execute capital punishment, imprison and lash dissidents or execute apostates. It seems those critical of Saudi Arabia, are to some extent, supportive of Iran, yet the latter is hardly any better. While the Iranians may not behead people, they execute even more people than the Saudis, usually via hangings. They too also imprison dissidents and Christians, and apparently they practice literal eye for an eye justice.

Unfortunately in the Middle East it appears there really are no good guys. In essence one must take their pick of poison.

O Mouggos


[1] Exodus 21:23-24 New International Version

[2] http://en.protothema.gr/iran-to-gouge-out-mans-eye-in-accordance-with-islamic-sharia-law/