An Eye For An Eye And An Eye

From the AP comes a fine example of the moral rectitude of Islamic law. A woman from Iran was attacked with acid by a suitor she rejected (which seems, by the way, to be an increasingly popular way to brutalize Muslim females these days, and I expect Middle-Eastern acid merchants are doing well even in this tough economic climate). The assault left her badly burned, and blind.

Now in an enlightened act of justice, an Iranian court has decreed that her dog-in-the-manger assailant should be blinded with acid as well — but only in one of his eyes, because, as we know, a woman is worth only half a man.

This little vignette is repugnant to the modern Western mind in so many different ways that I think I will leave it to the reader to enumerate them, like one of those “how many triangles can you find in this figure?” puzzles.

You can read the story for yourself here.


  1. Jesus.

    Posted March 9, 2009 at 3:32 am | Permalink
  2. Kevin Kim says

    Perhaps by now you’ve seen this?


    Posted March 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  3. Charles says


    Actually, no–it’s believable. Which is what makes it so sickening and frightening.

    Ditto for Kevin’s link.

    Posted March 10, 2009 at 9:26 am | Permalink

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