Oppose Brutal Blinding of Criminal as Punishment


Target: Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran

Goal: Don’t gouge criminal’s eyes out as punishment for carrying out an acid attack.

An Iranian criminal who carried out an acid attack on another man, causing him to become blind, recently had his eye gouged out in a case of literal eye-for-an-eye punishment. The attacker was convicted five years ago of throwing acid in the face of an unnamed man, causing blindness and permanent disfigurement, and was sentenced to be blinded. Under Sharia law, the victim of such an attack has a right to retribution, but is encouraged to show mercy and forgiveness.

The victim in question chose to have his attacker blinded in one eye, which medical staff gouged out forcibly. The blinding of the second eye has been postponed for six months, during which time the convict is expected to beg to keep his remaining sight. If the victim does not reconsider, his attacker will go through the same ordeal all over again.

While being sentenced to blindness is not rare for acid attackers in Iran, many doctors in the past have refused to perform the procedure. This time, the doctors who carried out the blinding were in direct breach of medical oaths, and the Iranian authorities who allowed it acted in contravention of international human rights laws.

Currently, this cruel and necessary corporal punishment remains legal in parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, and is unlikely to stop until leaders take time to assess its inefficacy. For example, despite the threat of brutal punishments such as blinding, instances of acid attacks continue to rise in Iran. Sign the petition below to denounce Iranian authorities for allowing this savagery, and demand an end to corporal punishment in Iran.


Dear Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,

An Iranian criminal recently had an eye gouged out by doctors as punishment for attacking another man with acid, blinding and disfiguring him. Depending on whether or not the victim shows mercy to his attacker, the man could have his other eye taken out in six months.

While acid attacks are vicious, the state stoops to the same level of barbarism by allowing criminals to be punished like this. Furthermore, as acid attacks are still on the rise despite the threat of similar punishment, a new approach should be taken in order to reduce harm for all citizens. We, the undersigned, condemn Iran’s use of corporal punishment and demand that civil alternatives are found.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. I can’t sign this petition. Where was his mercy for the man he blinded and disfigured for life? I think that blinding him in one eye was enough, since his victim still has sight in one eye, yet his victim is not only blinded in one eye but disfigured. It’s easy to harm others yet when you’re caught you cry for mercy. You had no mercy for this man that you blinded, disfigured and caused great physical and psychological pain. Sorry but I feel no pity for you. Karma. You got what you brought on yourself.

  2. An additional comment. If you don’t want to undergo the punishment of having your eye/s removed, do not throw acid on people. Not in their faces or on their bodies. And that goes for animals too. Very simple, isn’t it?

  3. Sandra Zaninovich says:

    I started reading this article with the same thoughts as the other commenters on here, let him be blinded if he threw acid on someone, but then I read the whole thing and my stomach was churning. Yes definitely punish the sonofabitch, but this gouging out of eyes is something that hits a little too close to home since I just returned from surgery to kill a cancer in my eye!

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