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Revenge punishment - does it work?

December 29th, 2009
11:35 AM ET

Fazeelat Bibi used to be the family jokester, but a chilling act of violence ruined the 22-year-old’s face, destroyed her life and killed her spirit.

Fazeelat rarely ventures out of her house after the attack.

Fazeelat rarely ventures out of her house after the attack.

It all happened in a small village outside of Lahore, Pakistan. Her attackers live right across the street from her house - and are family.

Her cousin Sher Mohammed wanted to marry her, but Fazeelat’s elder sister was already married into the family and was being mistreated so she rejected the marriage proposal.

A month and a half after the proposal, Fazeelat was on her way home with her brother and elderly father when she was suddenly attacked.

"Five people jumped out of the crops and I recognized them and I begged them not to beat me, but they said they were going to kill me," Fazeelat said.

One of her attackers was Sher Mohammed – the man who wanted to be her husband. During the attack, Fazeelat's nose was sliced off and her ear was slashed.

Police have so far arrested three of her five assailants, including Sher Mohammed.

The judge who ruled the case ordered that Fazeelat's attackers be subjected to the same mutilation. They were also ordered to serve life in prison and pay a fine equivalent to $8,300.

What are your thoughts on this controversial story?

Do you think it's fair that her attackers got the same punishment that Fazeelat was subjected to? Does it deter people from choosing violence or do you think it will make revenge related crimes more common? Does an eye for an eye work?

Please leave your comments below.


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