Authorities carry out the court-ordered amputation of the fingers of a convicted thief in a public square in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP)
Many different crimes can warrant a flogging punishment including crimes that fall within the authority of the morality police that disturb the social fabric.
Iranian policemen prepare Hossein Kavousifar for his execution by hanging in Tehran on Aug. 2, 2007. (Reuters)
Majid Kavousifar and Hossein Kavousifar, his nephew, hang from the cable of a crane in Tehran, Aug. 2, 2007. Iran hanged Majid and Hossein, the killers of a judge who had jailed several reformist dissidents, before a crowd of hundreds of people. (Reuters)
When news broke last month that Iran officials had cut the fingers of one of their citizens after being found guilty of theft, it served as a grim reminder that the regime is built on a heavy-handed and repressive apparatus that enforces strict adherence to Islamic law.
Should the law be broken, Iranians potentially face severe, cruel and inhuman punishment.
Cruel and inhumane punishments such as amputations are imposed by Iranian courts for crimes like theft, also punishable by flogging. Amnesty International recently reported that Iranian authorities cut off the hand of a man in prison accused of stealing. The government claims that the Iranian people welcome such punishments for those who disrupt public order without acknowledging the domestic movement to abolish the practice or the vast condemnation from the international community.
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