Punitive amputations

Other Names:
Punishment of criminals by mutilation

Amputation is a form of judicial punishment in a number of countries marking victims as criminals for the rest of their lives. Victims of accidents with similar wounds are automatically and usually unconsciously assumed to be criminals also.


This has been a traditional practice in many countries. It continues to be used unofficially during the course of torture. Islamic law prescribes certain punishments involving mutilation of the body, especially cutting off limbs (right-hand for first-time offenders; left foot for second offenders). Punitive amputation has been reported in the following countries:


Not only is amputation by the state barbaric but it is more so unjust for the victim. In most cases, there is no recourse to appeal and there is no possibility of effectively reversing the sentence.

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 19:32 CEST