August 2nd, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Victim: Revenge in Iran acid attack is 'not worth it'

From Shirzad Bozorgmehr, CNN

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - A woman blinded in an acid attack seven years ago said Sunday she stopped the "eye for an eye" punishment for her attacker because "such revenge is not worth it."

A physician was to drop acid - under legal supervision - into the eyes of Majid Movahedi on Sunday, according to Fars News Agency, to punish him for throwing acid in Bahrami's face. The act disfigured her face and blinded her.

"I never intended to allow Majid to be blinded," Ameneh Bahrami told CNN. "... Each of us, individually, must try and treat others with respect and kindness in order to have a better society."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    My justice would say he should be Condemned with a death sentence for his action and not be blinded....I know death is an lighter way out from the pain of living blinded.... Am sure she would have accepted if condemned to death being the fairest for both but blinding him will only pain both more...

    August 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  2. Bonita

    Feminized men stupidly praise injustce.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:36 am |
  3. Bonita

    Men must be continued to be punished for all their evil done against women and children. Lax, naive, immoral secular West is useless to bring about the proper justice. No wonder they cannot get rid of child abuse, human trafficking or slavery today.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:58 am |
  4. Sir Craig

    Have to agree with most of the commenters here: In a culture that treats women as second-class, Ameneh Bahrami has shown herself to be more than equal to any of the men in that society, especially given the continued insults she has to endure from her attacker.

    This is a lesson it seems Bonita has never learned and most likely never will, despite her exhortations about Jesus. You are a sad little creature and a poor excuse for a human being, Bonita.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  5. Bonita

    Both humans need the ultimate forgiveness from their Creator Jesus. Forgiveness without Jesus is a meaningless injustice.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  6. Bonita

    This lady is courageous, yes. But she should also think about what this unrepentant individual could do in the future, not just what he has done to her. The naive liberals always mix up virtue and injustice.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  7. Bonita

    CNN, there are so many non-criminal prisoners in Iran. Can't you feature those prisoners of conscience in Iran?

    August 3, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  8. Amy

    He should be fried!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  9. J.W

    sorry about that it didnt show my previous post. I was just saying that Jesus had spoke against the eye for an eye mentality. I think even if Bonita is not Christian the eye for an eye is still a dangerous mentality. What would the world be like if every time we were wronged we felt we had to do something bad to someone else?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  10. Reality

    "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."

    ref: Washington Post book review.

    some excerpts:

    "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"

    "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."

    "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."

    "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

    August 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  11. mike

    I sense that much of our need for justice is often thinly veiled retribution and revenge. Society must be protected when individuals put others in danger but let us be quicker to forgive than to cast a stone. Kudos to this woman for choosing forgiveness and concilation over revenge and retribution. It is harder to turn the cheek than it is to hit back. I hope those of us in areas predominatly Christian in faith can learn from this woman from the Islamic world.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  12. AGuest9

    I agree that it wasn't worth it – they gave the guy anesthesia. He didn't numb her up before he burned her eyes out.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  13. Bo

    Justice! Yes we all cry out for justice, but sometimes justice is just vengence. This woman understood that, and she realized that forgivness is better than vengence. There is a story of a woman's son who was killed in a convenience store robbery. This mother visited the killer very often in prision and they became friends. After the killer was released from prision he became a minister. The mother knew love is stronger than hate.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  14. Bonita

    He should have gotten executed after given the time of repentance. Where is justice?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • AGuest9

      That's very Christian and forgiving of you, Bonita.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Sometimes the whole 'eye for an eye' mentality is not necessarily a good, right or just thing.


      August 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • J.W


      August 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Bonita

      Personal forgiveness and judicial justice are two different things. This kind of criminal deserves prison for life or execution. Iran should free all prisoners locked in because of their religious or political beliefs.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  15. Bo

    See my comments on "Church Bombing" about what what love is. This woman understands love and practices it.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  16. John Richardson

    She's a better person than most.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:46 am |
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