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Iranian Acid Victim Forgives Her Attacker

Source: ISNA

An Iranian woman Ameneh Bahrami who is victim of acid attack, pardoned a man who threw acid on her face on Sunday. The man named Majid Movahedi was convicted of throwing acid in the face of her female student. The man who was to have been blinded himself on Sunday in retribution was pardoned by his victim.

Ameneh Bahrami, victim of acid attack
Ameneh Bahrami, victim of acid attack

It came following the request of Bahrami who pardoned Movahedi ahead of execution of the verdict. He was sentenced for qesas ('eye for an eye'-style justice).

Movahedi was sentenced in February 2009 to be blinded in both eyes after being charged with hurling acid in the face of the woman when she repeatedly rejected his suggestions for marriage.

Bahrami told the ISNA that she forgave the attacker man, "because God talks about qesas in the Koran but he also recommends pardon; since pardon is greater than qesas and I wanted to do a greater job."

"I struggled for seven years for this verdict to prove to people that the person who throws acid should be punished through qesas, but today I pardoned him because it was my right."

She added she forgave the man for her country, "since all other countries were looking to see what we would do."

Also Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi hailed the decision taken by Bahrami and called it a "brave action."

He said the woman has called for blood money for her injuries.

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