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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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    Yeah, new law for NC!!! BLIND HIM!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 21, 2009 at 03:11 AM
    Tad; Sometimes you should think a little longer before you start typing.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    Duh...Sam...he is a muslim! This is what muslims do! Sam, stop carrying yourself like a victim. Make yourself look like a less inviting target. Walk with a purpose, stay in lighted areas. I am sorry to hear you were attacked, but there are things you can do to make everyday life more safe. Number one, don't get involved with a muslim man.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    That man must have been insane to do this just for having his marriage offer rejected.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    How about do this to all the robbers, thieves, politicians, murderers, and gang members who cause trouble. I guess chopping their hands will do just as good. See if they will do such a crime again. If the United States had these laws, we would be living in a much safer United States with a better economy than what we have. Those guys that jumped me and made me have to go to the hospital i wish would have one of these two things happen to them. That is what I call justice.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 20, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Rainy; Well said!
  • by rainy Location: Jacksonville on Feb 20, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    Tom, if we did this in the U.S. we wouldn't have so many problems with criminals. The punishment here, hardly ever fits the crime. Stay in Seattle. You seem to prefer the clouds in YOUR eyes.
  • by Tom Location: Seattle on Feb 20, 2009 at 12:33 AM
    This is exactly why we have human rights! Have you all forgotten the dark ages so quickly? It is why we have human rights, to prevent these barbaric acts! What he did deserves punishment but to open this door is to throw human rights back into the dark ages! Human rights comes with a price and in order to preserve them we must protect them. It is also why we have separation of church and state, to prevent religious nuts from dictating BS like this! I think you all need to take a trip back into time when the church ruled Europe for over a thousand years and inflicted these same kinds of hideous barbaric acts!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    Now that is what I call JUSTICE!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    Now this is REAL punishment!!! If our courts would hand out sentences that were "appropriate" for the crime we would see less of it going on! I would expect that a thief would second guess stealing from someone if they knew his hand would get chopped off! I hope his sentence is carried out with vengence and he never see's the light of day again in his natural born life!
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