I don’t usually agree with some of the things that go on in countries in the Middle East.
By that I mean when some mad mullah contravenes human rights, or commits the kind of atrocity that wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Game of Thrones.
But last month in Iran a man was convicted of intentionally throwing acid into the face of a young woman.
She was severely scarred, blinded for life and lost her right ear. I’ve seen the pictures and it was horrific.
The man who committed the crime was reportedly sentenced by a court to have his eyes gouged out and his ear lopped off. I read that he would also lose his nose for good measure.
As barbaric as this punishment might sound, I reckon that it’s hard to disagree with.
So I say well done to whoever passed sentence on this man.
I’m sure if similar ‘eye for an eye’ sentences were used here in the UK, crime rates would suddenly fall.
Let’s be honest.
If your kids grew up in a country where bad people risked such extreme punishments, I’m sure they’d think twice about ever getting involved in criminal activities.
It would certainly put paid to those stories that appear from time to time in the papers about people who have a crime sheet with hundreds of entries.
These serial offenders with previous as long as your arm wouldn’t keep on burgling houses, would they?
Of course, over here there’d probably be protracted trials and lots of whining about protecting the rights of the defendant.
You just know that the judge would probably end up handing down a suspended sentence, a token fine and an order for the offender not to enter any hardware stores that might sell corrosive fluids.
At most they might get a few months in a cell playing on their Xbox and lifting weights in the prison gym before being let out again.
And that’s my point.
Because this kind of sentencing is not exactly going to put the frighteners on someone who might be tempted to reoffend on release, is it?