Pakistan: Medieval punishments

THE ‘punishment’ was nothing short of horrific and is deserving of the strongest censure and action against those who ordered and administered it. Media reports have focused on an incident last week in which a landowner from Rahim Yar Khan, on the advice of a so-called faith healer, ordered four villagers — the youngest a 14-year-old girl — to walk on hot oil for alleged theft.

Burnt feet, they were told, would constitute a guilty verdict. The incident shows up the power games that plague feudalism and the subservience of the villagers, who, in this case, were reportedly too terrified to even question the landlord’s command.

h/t Dr. J