Iran postpones blinding man in retribution punishment

May 14, 2011

(Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, sits at her home in Tehran December 10, 2008/Stringer)

Iran has postponed blinding a convicted man in retribution for throwing acid in the face of a woman in 2004, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

A court sentenced Majid Mohavedi in 2008 to be blinded in both eyes for taking away the sight of Ameneh Bahrami by pouring acid in her face after she spurned his offers of marriage.

Under Iran’s Islamic law, imposed since the 1979 Islamic revolution, qesas (retribution) is permitted in cases where bodily injuries are inflicted.

“The punishment of Majid was scheduled to be carried out on Saturday at a hospital but it has been postponed,” Fars quoted an unnamed official as saying, without giving details.

In 2004, Mohavedi threw acid at Bahrami’s face, blinding the then 24-year-old electronics graduate in both eyes for refusing to marry him, despite several approaches from his family, who are also considered complicit in the attack. Bahrami, whose hands, neck and face were also disfigured in the attack, said she did not want to take revenge, but wanted to “prevent it from happening to someone else.” Mohavedi turned himself to the police and confessed in 2005.

“Regardless of how horrific the crime suffered by Ameneh Bahrami, being blinded with acid is a cruel and inhuman punishment amounting to torture,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy director for Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

Read the full story by Mitra Amiri here.


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Are you saying you think that this man should be punished with acid in his eyes, or should not? It may sound horrible to us, or cruel and unusual, but our country is not ran under islamic law. It is ethnocentric to think another countries or religions way of doing something is wrong, just because it is different from our own. He knew what the punishment could be when he committed the act of throwing acid in her eyes since he lives under the islamic laws, and now should be held accountable for his actions. If indeed you are saying this man should not suffer the same fate, some example from his own country would serve best.

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