Iranian man convicted of BLIND after leaving a man who can not look an eye in a fight

Eye to eye: Iranian man convicted of BLIND after leaving a man unable to look into an eye in a fight

  • A 45-year-old man has been convicted of being blinded by a court in Tehran, Iran
  • Sentence handed out under ‘qisas’ that allows retaliation after a conviction for violent crime
  • The man left a neighbor unable to see out of one eye after a fight in the street


A court in Iran has sentenced a man to be blinded as punishment for leaving his neighbor unable to look into one eye during a fight.

The 45-year-old man, whose name has not been reported, was sentenced according to the country’s legal principle of retaliation, known as “qisas”.

Qisas allow criminals convicted of violent crimes to be subjected to some form of retaliation.

The sentence was handed down because the accused quarreled with a neighbor on the street in Fasham and left the man blind in one eye in 2018, according to the news site IranWire.

A 45-year-old man, whose name has not been reported, has been sentenced to be blinded according to the country's legal principle of retaliation, known as 'qisas', after leaving a neighbor who could not see with one eye during a street brawl in Fasham.  In the photo: A general view of the city of Fasham

A 45-year-old man, whose name has not been reported, has been sentenced to be blinded according to the country’s legal principle of retaliation, known as ‘qisas’, after leaving a neighbor who could not see with one eye during a street brawl in Fasham. In the photo: A general view of the city of Fasham

The reports did not specify whether the defendant should be blinded in one eye as his injured neighbor or in both.

Blinding has been used as a punishment in the past in Iran, although it is still considered rare.

Blinding was first given as a punishment by an Iranian court in 2008 when a defendant was convicted of committing an acid attack.

However, the victim pardoned the criminal at the last minute.

A similar incident occurred in 2015 when Iranian doctors pulled the eye out of a convict who had also committed an acid attack.

Qisas allow criminals convicted of violent crimes to be subjected to some form of retaliation and blindness was first given as a punishment by an Iranian court in 2008 when a defendant was convicted of committing an acid attack (stock image)

Qisas allow criminals convicted of violent crimes to be subjected to some form of retaliation and blindness was first given as a punishment by an Iranian court in 2008 when a defendant was convicted of committing an acid attack (stock image)

In 2016, a man received the punishment after he threw lime in the eyes of his niece, who was then only four years old and was blinded by the attack.

The country’s penal code is based in part on punishments listed under Sharia law as interpreted by Twelver Shia clerics.

Human rights groups have regularly criticized the country for handing over corporal punishment and amputations to convicted criminals.

In February, Iranian authorities were beaten by human rights activists for whipping Hadi Rostami, a mentally ill defendant, 60 times and sentenced him to have four fingers amputated.

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