“An eye for an eye”: Iran sentenced three people to partial blindness

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Iranian courts have sentenced three people to be blinded in one eye under the Islamic Republic's retaliation laws, Iranian media reported.

Hamshahri, daily Tehran municipality newspaper reports that among the three people sentenced to the tit-for-tat punishment, there was one woman.

In 2011, during a quarrel, she poured acid on another woman, causing her to lose eyes.

The publication writes that the Supreme Court upheld the sentence of gouging out her right eye, in addition to imprisonment and a fine.

The same sentence was handed down to a man for in 2017, his victim lost an eye in a knife attack.

In a third case, dating back to 2018, a man was convicted of but that he gouged out his friend's left eye with a hunting rifle. Hamshahri reported that the plaintiff “insisted” that the attacker suffer the same fate.

Three cases were transferred to the Tehran prosecutor's office to prepare sentences for execution.

Iranian courts are reported to apply the law “an eye for an eye” at the request of the victims or their families.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations condemn such punishment in Iran as cruel and tantamount to torture.

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