Doling out punishment in Pakistan.
In some parts of the world one is required to follow the rigid requirements of the law no matter how onerous. How onerous you wonder? Let’s follow the story below from news.com.au:
A PAKISTANI court has ordered two brothers should have their noses and ears cut off after they were found guilty of doing the same to a woman who refused to marry one of them.
Sound onerous? Wait until you hear about the crime perpetrated…
The two brothers, Sher Mohammad and Amanat Ali, abducted their 22-year-old cousin, Fazeelat Bibi, at gunpoint in September after her father refused to let her marry Mohammad.
“They put a noose around her neck and tried to strangle her. After failing to do so, Sher Mohammad chopped of her nose and two ears with a knife,” government prosecutor Ehtesham Qadir said.
The mother of the girl died of heart attack on seeing the condition of her daughter.
On one level this does present a moral dilemma. Are we to accept that this type of punishment is just and appropriate even though the perpetrators were equally as harsh in the perpetration of their crime? And what does this say about crime and punishment? Will it stop future type of behavior, will it appease the unease and disgust and pain the perpetrated family feel?
Continues the report;
Such sentences are rarely handed down by Pakistani courts and have always been revoked on appeal.
The court also sentenced the pair to life in prison, Qadir said.
Three of their accomplices are on the run.
At this rate we suspect the other accomplices will be on the run for the longest time…