One of the few good things among the fundamentalist "Islamic" states is their refusal to amputate any body parts since 1975.
The grand Muftis in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan etc have been following a verdict from Al-Azhar University that 'qata'-il-yad' cannot be taken literally.
It was early 1975 in Riyadh, KSA. I was assigned as the government medical officer in-charge of a scenario which was more horrible than stupid. ('Horrible' may not be a sufficiently expressive word here.)
A session court had ruled the cutting of the right hand of a thief at the wrist. A trained 'jallad' (literally a flogger) was present along with the police after the Friday congregation outside the Masjid. Of course, a big crowd was there to watch the proceedings 'as a lesson' - by law in addition to their curiosity. I was seated in an ambulance with my staff to oversee the horror, provide immediate medical care assuring relief of pain, controlling the hemorrhage and treat any unexpected problems.
It is nauseating to recall those moments even today. The 'criminal' was sped away to the nearby hospital.
The psychological trauma of watching the horror was unbearable for me and I immediately decided to pursue the matter.
I met with Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Riyadh, the very next day. Incidentally, a true gentleman Salman might be the next king in the near future although Sultan bin Abdul Aziz is the crown prince designate. King Abdullah b.1916 is a very sick man.
To the best of my knowledge, no punitive amputations have taken place in the kingdom after that day.
What had transpired in those days?
Will continue under amputation 1975 in a separate post.
Thank you for your patience!