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Saudi man's punishment for beating mother includes tooth for a tooth

Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

MECCA, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A Saudi man's punishment for beating his mother and breaking her tooth will be having one of his own teeth broken, 2,400 lashes and five years in prison.

Judge Turki al-Qarni, sitting in Mecca, ordered the whipping of the son, described as being in his 30s, to be carried out in public with 40 lashes being administered every 10 days, Gulf News reported Thursday.

Okaz, a daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia, reported al-Qarni said the tooth to be broken would be the same one the man's mother lost.

The punishment is based on an injunction in the Koran: "And we ordained therein for them: A life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is a retribution."

Similar injunctions are found in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi and in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is quoted as telling his disciples to turn the other cheek, rather than seeking "an eye for an eye."

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