Iran: acid victim spares attacker from retribution

ameneh bahramiAn Iranian woman blinded with acid by her suitor for turning down his marriage proposal spared him at the last minute from being blinded too as punishment for his crime, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Ameneh Bahrami lost her sight in 2004 when Majid Mohavedi poured acid onto her face after she spurned his offers of marriage.

In 2008, a court sentenced Mohavedi to be blinded in both eyes for taking away Bahrami’s sight, using the principle of retribution permitted under Iran’s Islamic law.

“I have been trying for seven years to get the qisas (retribution) sentence, but today I decided to pardon him,” Ameneh was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

Ameneh said the international interest in the case was one reason for deciding to drop her demand for the sentence of retribution to be carried out.

“It seemed like the entire world was waiting to see what we did,” she said.

Rights group Amnesty International urged Iran not to inflict the punishment.

via Iran acid victim spares attacker from retribution | Reuters.

She has undergone 17 surgeries in Spain, but is badly disfigured and totally blind.

2 comments on “Iran: acid victim spares attacker from retribution

  1. Hi Claudia.
    What most news channels leave out of the story is the fact that she wants to be compensated as a man not as a woman since Diya (blood money) for a woman is only half the amounth of a man.
    She points to the saying ‘an eye for an eye’ which does not stipulate if it is a man or a woman’s eye.

    • Claudia says:

      she wants to be compensated as a man not as a woman since Diya (blood money) for a woman is only half the amounth of a man.

      I understand, MFS. How convenient that they leave that part out, isn’t it?

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