Friday 17 August 2018

Comment: An unforgiving society fails to see the flaws in our humanity

The fate of Patrick Jackson and Stuart Olding points to another more insidious problem in society, writes Niamh Horan

Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

In 2015, the world press photography awards featured an image from Tehran of a young man identified only as Balal. Sentenced to death for stabbing his best friend, he was standing on a chair, blindfolded, with a noose around his neck waiting for his execution.

In front of him stood the dead boy's mother. By Iranian law she could kick the chair from beneath him. But in her grief she slapped the boy across the face and told his executioners to let him go.

This demonstrated incredible humanity. In western society, we would never allow something as inhumane as a public execution. But our hands aren't clean.

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