An Iranian man, convicted for throwing acid on the face of a four-year-old girl, was blinded on Tuesday in accordance with the country’s sharia code.
According to a report in The Sun, the little child was left completely unable to see by the brutal attack – leading the state to sentence the attacker to the literal eye-for-an-eye punishment.
Mohammad Shahriari, head of criminal affairs at the Tehran prosecutor’s office, said that it was the second time this year that Iran has carried out this kind of a punishment, which can be imposed for such crimes in the Islamic republic.
“In 2009, this man threw lime into the face of a little girl of four years in the Sanandaj region, leaving her blind,” the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.
“Today, the law of retribution was applied in my presence and that of experts,” he added.
The law of retribution is a central part of Islam’s sharia code but has been condemned by international human rights groups.
In 2011, a young Iranian woman had called off the blinding of her attacker at the last minute.