Woman Calls Off Attacker’s Punishment


TEHRAN, July 31 (UPI) — A woman blinded and scarred in an acid attack by a would-be suitor has called off a court-ordered blinding for the man who attacked her, Iranian officials said.

Majid Movahedi escaped having a doctor drop acid into his eyes Sunday when his victim, Ameneh Bahrami, decided not to seek revenge in the attack seven years ago that left her blind and disfigured, CNN reported Sunday.

Following Movahedi’s conviction in 2008, Bahrami insisted her attacker suffer the same fate he had inflicted on her.

“However, in the last minute, Ameneh changed her mind and asked the proceeding to be halted,” Fars news agency reported.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan starts this week. Pardons and commuted sentences regularly occur during Ramadan as a sign of compassion, the report said.

Movahedi’s sentence was to be carried out in May, but it was delayed after Amnesty International protested, calling it cruel.

Bahrami said she partly forgave her attacker for her country, saying, “since all other countries were looking to see what we would do.”

Bahrami told CNN in 2009 she had undergone more than a dozen surgeries on her face, but still hoped she would have a wedding day.

“I always see myself as someone who can see and sometimes see myself in a beautiful wedding gown, and why not?” Bahrami said.

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