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Report: Iran court orders man to be blinded by acid

By Chris V. Thangham     Nov 29, 2008 in Crime
Reuters reports that an Iranian court has sentenced a man to be blinded by having drops of acid put in his eyes. Why the stiff punishment? The court says the man blinded a woman in the same manner after she rejected his marriage proposal.
Reuters cites an Iranian daily, Etemad-e-Melli, for this story. According to them, an Iranian court passed the ruling Wednesday.
Based on the Islamic law system of “qisas”, which means fair retribution similar to the “eye for an eye” concept referred in the Old and New Testamant books.
The woman supposedly refused several proposals from a man identified only as Majid. Majid reportedly got upset and threw acid on her face as she left for work in 2004.
The woman suffered serious injuries to her face and had to travel to Spain to get reconstructive surgeries. However, she was permanently blinded. When she returned to Iran, she filed a case and sought retribution according to Etemad-e-Melli. She also said Majid threatened her life at various times.
Reuters reported they have posted pictures of the woman before and after the attacks in Etemad-e-Melli.
Majid told the courts:
"I threw acid on her face so that she would be mine forever ... I did not know that acid could have such an effect on her face."
The judges unanimously decided to punish Majid using “qisas” laws; he will be blinded by acid and will be made to pay compensation to the woman according to the Iranian daily report.
The article didn’t say when the sentencing will be carried out.
Some even question the legitimacy of the story, saying it's not true at all. A friend of mine working at an Iranian colleague told me no publications he has read in Iran have covered this story this week so far. He questions the legitimacy of the whole story.
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