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Scope, South Africa, 27 February 1987
The unkindest cut
By Western standards, Islamic justice -- with its predilection for chopping off hands, ears and whatever, plus its penchant for public executions -- seems to be a trifle barbaric.
However, just occasionally they mete out justice in a way which seems far more just and fair than some of the over-lenient and totally unrealistic sentences handed down by courts in the West.
Just such an occasion was the recent public flogging in Karachi, Pakistan of a 22-year-old man convicted of brutally raping a seven-year-old child.
The man received a total of 20 lashes with a heavy bamboo cane, administered over 12 minutes and before a large and approving crowd who had the man's screams and sobs of pain piped through to them from an on-the-spot microphone to a loudspeaker system.
Whether or not one approves of this sort of rough justice, one thing's for sure -- that feller's going to think twice before interfering with little girls again -- and so is anyone in the crowd.
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