Iran carries out ‘Eye for an Eye’ blinding punishment on eve of human rights talks with EUPublished by International Liberty Association on November 18, 2016
Iran is probably the only country where the authorities implement medieval punishments such as gouging of the eyes.
Official Iranian media, including ISNA, have reported on a blinding punishment sentence carried out on Monday November 8 in one of the prisons near Tehran.
Iranian authorities blinded both of the eyes of a man from Qorveh (Kurdistan province), identified as “Mohammad Reza”, for allegedly throwing lime into the face of his four-year-old niece in the Sanandaj region and blinding her.
Implementation of this Qisas (eye for an eye punishment) sentence occurred on the eve of a new round of talks between the Iranian authorities and the European Union. The talks will take place in Brussels where the officials reportedly plan to discuss as part of their dialogue the situation of human rights in Iran.
Mohammad Shahriari, the head of the prosecutor’s office at Tehran’s criminal court, says this is the second blinding punishment sentence carried out in Iran since the passing of an article in Iran’s acid attack punishment law. The other blinding punishment sentence was carried out last year in March 2015.