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Iranian woman blinded by acid wants 'eye for an eye'

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 20, 2009 in World
A 31-year-old woman was blinded by acid by a spurned suitor. She wants the Iranian court to blind the man the same way he blinded her.
Ameneh Bahrami was a 24-year-old student when she met Movahedi in 2002 in one of her classes. He tried to sit next to her and talk to her. She was not interested in him and moved away. But the man persisted and kept harassing her for the next two years.
He asked her to marry him several times. He said he will kill her if she refuses. But Ameneh said no repeatedly.
On November 2004, when Bahrami left the medical engineering company she was working in, Movahedi followed her and threw acid on her face.
The acid attack blinded her and completely disfigured her face. After undergoing numerous surgeries she still can’t see.
Two weeks after the attack, Movahedi turned himself in and confessed to the crime. He was convicted in 2005 and has been in prison since then.
Bahrami lives with her parents in Tehran. She told the AFP that she wants “an eye for an eye” punishment sentenced on her attacker.
I don't want to blind him for revenge...I'm doing this to prevent it from happening to someone else.
Bahrami’s lawyer, Ali Sarrafi told, AFP that Movahedi hasn’t apologized to her. He says that he did it because he loved her.
Bahrami added:
I told the judge I want an eye for an eye...People like him should be made to feel my suffering...If I don't do this and there is another acid attack, I will never forgive myself for as long as I live.
Last year, the Iranian court granted her wish by sentencing Movahedi to be blinded with drops of acid in each eye. Movahedi appealed but the courts have rejected the appeal.
Sarrafi said that the punishment will be meted out in the coming weeks.
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