Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vision, Honour and Justice

An Iranian court has ordered that a man who blinded and disfigured a woman with acid be blinded himself, a literal case of an eye for an eye. Meanwhile, a Pakistani court has acquitted most of the men who gang raped a woman to resolve a question of honour. Her brother allegedly fornicated with a girl from another clan; he was sodomized for this, but aggrieved clan members insisted on eye-for-eye punishment: illicit hetero-sex for illicit hetero-sex. His sister was seized, restrained, raped repeatedly. Now her assailants are free.
     Thus it ends, and Justice, who is blind, must surely weep.

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