In 2004, Ameneh Bahrami of Iraq declined the marriage proposal of Majid Movahedi. Instead of putting his pride aside and walking away, Movahedi doused her with acid, which blinded the 27-year-old and left her face horribly disfigured. This weekend, Bahrami surprised television vieiwers as she chose not to go through with a 2009 ruling that would have allowed her to supervise as a doctor placed a corrosiv chemical in his eye.
The Associated Press reports that the doctor asked Bahrami “What do you want to do now?” to which she replied “I forgave him. I forgave him…It is best to pardon when you are in a position of power.”
Movahedi expressed his gratitude and called Bahrami “very generous.” Through tears he said “I couldn’t imagine being blinded by acid.” At the time of the original sentencing, the woman had expressed her content with the punishment, stating “I am not doing this out of revenge, but rather so that the suffering I went through is not repeated.”
In Iran, crime victims have the right to request qisas: eye-for-an-eye punishments for those who have trespassed against them. Amnesty International criticized Iran for the ruling, despite the victim’s change of heart. “Majid Movahedi committed a horrendous act which has ruined Ameneh Bahrami’s life,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, said the organization’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa. “But deliberate blinding inflicted by a medical expert is a cruel punishment which amounts to torture,” he said.
There’s a part of me that wants to commend Bahrami for being the “bigger person”…okay, there actually isn’t. Every fiber of my being says she should have asked if she could administer the drops herself and in both of his eyes. That’s just me though; I only believe in turning the other cheek when trying to show someone exactly how to kiss my a**. What do you all think?