The parents of the 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, who was killed in a street brawl in Mazandaran, spared the life of their son’s killer.
Balal, the killer, was sentenced to be publicly executed through the traditional gallows. As a part of the tradition of Qisas or law of retribution, the government gives the victim’s family the right to take the life of the killer.
Apparently, the victim’s family participated in Balal’s punishment. They were supposed to push the chair on which he stood and end his life. However, a twist of fate happened. Instead of pushing the chair, the mother of the victim slapped the killer and the father removed the noose. They saved Balal’s life
The mother of the killer then hugged the sorrowful mother of the victim. Both of them sobbed in each other’s arms. They both loved their children- the one who was killed and the one who killed.
Hosseinzadeh Sr. narrated that her wife’s dream prompted the change of heart.
His late son spoke to her wife through a dream and told her that they are in a good place and for her not to retaliate.
With this turn of event, it calmed her wife and fully forgive the killer on his judgment day.
Although Balal was saved, he will not necessarily be freed. Balal is still behind bars. Under the Iranian law, the family only has the right in the act of execution, but not in any jail sentence.
In recent years, Iran has been criticized for public executions which are very humiliating. Many human right activists expressed their disapproval of Iran’s high rate of executions. It is still practiced in the country because they believe in the general law of retaliation- Eye for eye; tooth for a tooth.
However, there will always be an exception to the general rule and it was evident during Balal’s halted execution.