Pakistan court orders ears and noses to be cut off
We see a lot on the world news about Muslim punishments for women, and like many people, I criticise the severity of the sentences imposed.
Reading the headline to this made me wonder again at the mentality of the Muslim traditions where crime and punishment are concerned.
Reading on and seeing the reasons for it, I still feel it's barbaric, but at least I can see why this time, I just don't see any way that it can be justified though, it reduces the justice system to the same level as the crime.
A Pakistani court has ordered that two men have their ears and noses cut off, as punishment for doing the same to a woman who refused to marry one of them.
The two brothers were found guilty of kidnapping 20-year-old Fazeelat Bibi, one of their cousins, in September.
The judge in Lahore also sentenced them to life in prison.
Sentence was passed on Monday under a rarely invoked Islamic law dating from the 1980s. In the past similar sentences have been revoked on appeal.
'Eye for an eye'
Government prosecutor Ehtisham Qadir said the punishment had been awarded in accordance with the Islamic principle of "an eye for an eye".