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An Eye For An Eye: Woman Wants Attacker Blinded

By: CNN
By: CNN

Authorities say a man in Iran wanted a woman's hand in marriage, and when she said no, he took her eyes instead.

Ameneh Bahrami of Tehran was severely injured when a jilted suitor threw acid in her face.

"I was just yelling I'm burning, I'm burning," Bahrami said. "For God's sake somebody help me."

Now, Bahrami is demanding an eye for an eye.

In accordance with Islamic Law, Bahrami wants to blind Majid Mohavedi, the man who blinded her.

The two met in college in 2002. Bahrami said Mohavedi relentlessly pursued her, but she would not comply with his request for marriage.

In November 2004, she lost her sight and was disfigured in the acid attack.

Experts say attack victims in Iran often get what's known as "blood money" from the culprit, to avoid harsh punishment. But Bahrami, despite mounting medical bills, said no as she continued her fight to have her attacker punished.

"I don't want to blind Majid for revenge," she said. "I'm doing this to keep this from ever happening to someone else."

Late last year, a court in Tehran handed down the sentence: five drops of acid in each of her attacker's eyes. He has appealed, but this month the court ruled the decision stands. There's no word when the punishment might be carried out.


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