In 2004, Ameneh Bahrami of Iraq declined the marriage proposal of Majid Movahedi. Instead of putting his pride aside and walking away, Movahedi doused her with acid, which blinded the 27-year-old and left her face horribly disfigured.  This weekend, Bahrami surprised television vieiwers as she chose not to go through with a 2009 ruling that would have allowed her to supervise as a doctor placed a corrosiv chemical in his eye.

The Associated Press reports that the doctor asked Bahrami “What do you want to do now?” to which she replied  “I forgave him. I forgave him…It is best to pardon when you are in a position of power.”

Movahedi expressed his gratitude and called Bahrami “very generous.”  Through tears he said “I couldn’t imagine being blinded by acid.” At the time of the  original sentencing, the woman had expressed her content with the punishment, stating “I am not doing this out of revenge, but rather so that the suffering I went through is not repeated.”

In Iran, crime victims have the right to request qisas: eye-for-an-eye punishments for those who have trespassed against them. Amnesty International criticized Iran for the ruling, despite the victim’s change of heart. “Majid Movahedi committed a horrendous act which has ruined Ameneh Bahrami’s life,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, said the organization’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa. “But deliberate blinding inflicted by a medical expert is a cruel punishment which amounts to torture,” he said.

There’s a part of me that wants to commend Bahrami for being the “bigger person”…okay, there actually isn’t. Every fiber of my being says she should have asked if she could administer the drops herself  and in both of his eyes. That’s just me though; I only believe in turning the other cheek when trying to show someone exactly how to kiss my a**. What do you all think?


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  • Holllllll the eff up. You disfigure me, and ruin my chances of hooking up with Lance Gross and Idris Elba, and expect me to forgive. NEVER! I am an eye for an eye person. Do unto others, as you would like done to you. There’s no need for me to lie, that its roses and peaches to appease folks with sweet comments. It would be on and popping!

    • Adam

      I’d have to say that he definitely deserved the death penalty. By carrying out this act he showed his utter contempt for her value and rights. This is far worse than rape because this is an act that will make her life so much worse. But he took away her rights for finding a mate and possibly family. Such a permanent assault demands his erasure from existence, the attacker’s life is utterly useless. Permitting his continued existence devalues life. It’s like protecting the rights of cancer to exist in our bodies, neither has value. Amnesty International’s opinion in this matter seems offensive to me. What that woman went through was torture, the proposed sentence would have simply blinded the attacker, and yeah he should be forced to deal with a large amount of pain since she also had that forced upon her, to a greater degree at that. Canada’s corrections system is what Amnesty International hopes the world will aspire to. Ruthless rapists and serial killers getting free university degrees and let out early for fake progress. Their organization was not begun to protect vicious animals from punishment. They’re now just a bunch of lawyers and middle class, overfed weenies.