Horrific crime shakes Jordan: Teenager’s hands chopped off, eyes gouged out
A 16-year-old Jordanian boy has lost both of his hands and an eye in a revenge attack by a criminal gang that targeted his father in the industrial city of Zarqa in Jordan.
The victim’s arms and face were badly mutilated by a group of people in the city of Zarqa on Tuesday, apparently in revenge for a murder allegedly committed by one of his relatives.
The gang has also filmed the attack on the boy, chopping off the victim’s hands and gouged out his right eye with sharp tools.
The attack, which was filmed, has caused widespread public outrage in Jordan demanding justice for the victim.
Petra news agency reported that a man who allegedly filmed the incident and shared the footage on social media had been arrested on Wednesday. The prosecutor general has ordered his detention for a week pending further investigation.
Meanwhile, King Abdullah II has taken a personal interest in the case and requested that the boy be treated at the King Hussein Medical Center. He also called on police to pursue the perpetrators.
Queen Rania has also tweeted about the case. “How do we replace for you what the criminals took away? How do we reunite your mother’s heart and those of your family? How do we protect our children from those who are not being deterred? This is a heinous crime. Our hearts are with you. I add my voice for the perpetrators facing the most severe punishment,” she said.
Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni was also quoted by the state-run Petra news agency as promising that the “law will take its course and the most severe punishment will be applied to the perpetrators of crimes that disturb societal peace and security and horrify citizens”.
Worthy to mention that the Jordanian law states that whoever harms any person with sharp tools such as blades and razors shall be punished with hard labor for a period not exceeding seven years.