While I'm not defending this, I can see where it could be some determent for certain crimes. As far as it being inhumane, I'm not sure of that claim either. Punishment to fit the crime doesn't seem to far removed from hanging or death by injection to me! I guess we could argue that one is payback and one is revenge! Pretty close to the same thing, don't ya think?
Acid Thrower Feels Victim’s Pain
In 2004, Iranian jerkmuncher Majid Movahedi showed the world what a terrible person he was by throwing acid over Ameneh Bahrami as she walked home from work, blinding her. Bahrami had previously turned down his offer of marriage, and in Movahedi’s disturbed little mind, that slight apparently demanded a face full of acid. But here’s where things get interesting. Iran operates under strict sharia law, and sharia law allows “eye for an eye” style punishments. In Bahrami’s case, she took this literally. When Movahedi came to trial, she asked the court for a special favor. She wanted Movahedi blinded by acid.
And the court said yes.
For the next three years, Movahedi lived knowing he was going to feel the exact same pain and fear that his victim had. In 2011, he was taken into Tehran hospital and sedated, knowing he’d be blind when he woke up. Before you think I’ve gone totally mad and started advocating cruel and unusual punishment, I should add that Bahrami called off the procedure at the last second, saying she’d never intended to actually go through with it and would rather forgive her attacker. Movahedi got to keep his sight, but crucially he got to understand exactly the sort of fear and misery his victim must have felt all those years before. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.
This story is taken from the site Listverse.
I can only imagine what kind of fear this man must have lived in for those 3 years. To know that you will face a punishment like this down the road must take it's toll, and maybe that's a good thing. I'm not saying I'm for it or against it, but I can bet it isn't pleasant at all!
Better have coffee in the kitchen this morning. The rains have finally showed up and it's wet outside! Cake donuts on the table there!