Ahmadinejad praises woman who pardons attacker
Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes after having acid hurled in her face, at her home in Tehran, on July 31.
August 4th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Ahmadinejad praises woman who pardons attacker

By the CNN Wire Staff

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iran's president is lauding a woman for pardoning a man who blinded and disfigured her in an acid attack, a gesture of forgiveness reflecting the spirit of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

"The act of altruism that occurred is an honor for us and the Iranian nation and caused many to learn a lesson from this move and to change," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told acid victim Ameneh Bahrami on Wednesday, the president's office reported on its website.

An Iranian court convicted Majid Movahedi in 2008 of pouring a bucket of acid on Bahrami, after she had rejected his unwanted advances for two years. She had asked for retributive justice and the court ruled the attacker should be blinded with acid.

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  1. Islam is compassion

    Islam understand the value of forgiveness. Islam will not seek revenge. Islam will not afraid of Christians booming. Islam is not madness. Islam is compassion.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:07 am |
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