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Rights group condemns 'acid' sentence

Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission on Monday called a sentence imposed on a 19-year-old man “horrifying.” The teen was found guilty of throwing acid into the face of his 17-year-old fiancée and blinding her. A judge sentenced the man to seven years in jail but also ordered that he have acid thrown in his face and that the sentence be carried out in public. The commission said that the punishment would not deter crime. Instead, it said banning the sale of corrosive substances would help stop acid attacks. “Justice based on an ‘eye for an eye’ can never lead to the creation of a less crime-ridden and less violent society,” it said. The commission also condemned the judge’s ruling that the sentence be carried out in public, calling it an “obscene spectacle.” Full Story

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