Photo by: Mohsen Tavarro

Authorities carry out the court-ordered amputation of the fingers of a convicted thief in a public square in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Jan. 24, 2013. The 29-year-old man was convicted for being part of a 10-member gang that carried out burglaries in the city and on charges of having “illegal relations,” according to the Mehr news agency. Iran's legal system, based on Shariah, provides for amputation of limbs for theft. (Associated Press)