Iran will punish the acid attacks with the death penalty


The Iranian Parliament approved today punish with the death penalty to those guilty of carrying out a attack with acid, a type of aggression registered with certain frequency in the last years in Iran.

After several years of debate, the deputies determined that the death penalty will be applied "in cases in which the acid attack is intended to intimidate and create insecurity in society."

The bill stipulates that this crime amounts to "corruption on earth," a charge that Islamic jurisprudence generally punishes by hanging.

A total of 161 deputies of the 245 present voted in favor of this measure, which must now be reviewed by the Council of Guardians, in charge of confirming that Parliament's bills coincide with Islamic law.

The implementation of the law is expected in two or three weeks

Parliamentary sources explained to Efe that the implementation of the law is expected in two or three weeks, once the approval of the Council of Guardians is received.

During the session of the Parliament, the reformist deputy Tayebe Siavoshí showed a video of victims of acid attacks in which the ease of access to acid was reported. In this sense, the deputy proposed "limit the purchase and sale of acid", demanding identity documents to acquire this substance.

The most serious acid attacks against women that came to light occurred in 2014 and some related them to the more conservative sectors of the regime and their struggle to impose morality.

In rejection, Massive demonstrations were called In Iran, and as a result, the country's president, Hasan Rohaní, assured that the authorities were going to punish these "horrible and inhuman attacks" with the gallows.

Acid attacks have continued, however, occurring in Iran sporadically. Just two years ago, fourteen people suffered minor injuries when a man threw acid at them due to family quarrels.


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