Shari’a alert from WebIndia123:
A man from Kerala jailed in Saudi Arabia for a brawl that partially blinded a Saudi national may lose an eye if the courts there decide to follow a new law.
Naushad, 34, got into a tiff with a Saudi national and damaged the latter’s eye in the ensuing fisticuffs in 2003. The Saudi man later lost his eyesight.
According to a new Saudi law, one of Naushad’s eyes could be gouged out for “justice”.
Is the progressiveness of this new law that only one eye is to be removed?
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Sunday promised to look into the matter.
“I will get in touch with the authorities in Saudi Arabia through the external affairs ministry,” Chandy told IANS.
“If he loses his eye, we will commit suicide,” said Naushad’s wife Sulekha, 30, who is bringing up a five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter here.
Sulekha also looks after the aged parents of Naushad, who was the family’s sole breadwinner.
“Ever since he was jailed, we have been surviving on the mercy of his friends who send us money. His mother is also suffering from a heart ailment,” Sulekha said, weeping.
Hanifa, a former colleague of Naushad, said a favourable settlement appeared remote as the Saudi man was adamant on the issue.
The blind leading the blind.