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Sunday, July 31, 2011
NOBLE ACT: Iranian blinded Women by acid pardons her attacker!
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By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press / http://hosted.ap.org / Jul 31, 11:36 AM EDT.
AP Photo/Manu Fernandez.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian woman blinded and disfigured by a man who threw acid into her face stood above her attacker Sunday in a hospital operating room as a doctor was about to put several drops of acid in one of his eyes in court-ordered retribution.
The man waited on his knees and wept.
"What do you want to do now?" the doctor asked the 34-year-old woman, whose own face was severely disfigured in the 2004 attack.
"I forgave him, I forgave him," she responded, asking the doctor to spare him at the last minute in a dramatic scene broadcast on Iran's state television.
Ameneh Bahrami lost her sight and suffered horrific burns to her face, scalp and body in the attack, carried out by a man who was angered that she refused his marriage proposal.
"It is best to pardon when you are in a position of power," Bahrami said in explaining her decision Sunday to spare him.
The sobbing man, Majid Movahedi, said Bahrami was "very generous."
It was a change of heart from around the time when the court handed down the sentence in November 2008. A few months later, Bahrami told a radio station in Spain, where she traveled for medical treatment after the attack, that she was happy with the ruling.
"I am not doing this out of revenge, but rather so that the suffering I went through is not repeated," she said in that March 2009 interview.