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April 7, 2009
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Dear clasmates

I find Ameneh Bahrami’s decision and the publicity she has been given  a controversial issue. Some people blame the media for their morbid approach to the topic.

Looking for this piece of news on Internet I found lots of examples of this terrible practice against women in emerging countries. Of course I am absolutely against whatever kind of violence against human beings, especially against women, who are particularly suffering much violence. But…….Let me just ask you some questions about this issue

• Do you think it is important to discern between justice and revenge?
• May justice be regulated under popular opinion?
• Are the victims (whatever sort of injustice they may have suffered) entitled to make justice?
• Can democratic states allow and agree with conducts whose principles are in contradiction with its democray?
• Do you think the media and the politicians are every so often using the victims for their own interests?
• Do you think this kind of publicity can help women’s rights in any way ?

Blinded Iranian woman welcomes eye-for-eye justice

Mar 5, 2009
MADRID (AFP) — An Iranian woman living in Spain who was disfigured and blinded by a man in Iran said Thursday she welcomed a Tehran court ruling that awards her eye-for-eye justice against her assailant.
“The person who did this deserves to go through the same suffering. Only this way will he understand my pain,” Ameneh Bahrami told daily newspaper ABC.
“My intention is to ask for the application of the law not just for revenge but also so that no other woman will have to go through this. It is to set an example,” the 30-year-old added.
In November an Iranian court ruled that the man — identified only as Majid — who admitted blinding Bahrami in 2004 by throwing acid in her face because she rejected his marriage request should also be blinded with February.acid based on the Islamic law system of “eye-for-an-eye” retribution.
Iran’s supreme court confirmed the sentence at the beginning of
Bahrami, who moved to Barcelona after the attack to get medical treatment, said the court had originally ruled that she was entitled to have the man blinded in only one eye in Iran because “each man is worth two women”.
“But I explained to the judge that with one eye one can still live,” she told top-selling newspaper El Pais in another interview.
The court then ruled that the man would be blinded in both eyes if in exchange Bahrami agreed to give up the 20,000 euros (25,000 dollars) which she was set to receive from her assailant’s family.
“He will be anesthetized and will not suffer pain. His face will not be disfigured because only a few drops (of acid) will be needed, he will not have the internal injuries which I had,” she told ABC when asked if she felt she was less cruel than her aggressor.
“He did not have any compassion when he waited for me for hours outside of my workplace and threw the acid on me,” she added.
Bahrami recovered 40 percent vision in her right eye but in 2007 she suffered an infection and became totally blind again.
She says she survives on a rent subsidy of 400 euros per month which she receives from the Spanish government and charity from friends.

Article from: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h5f3B-Kb1SjRRDSOe4mX8g_J1FFg

2 Comments leave one →
  1. eoimarisa permalink*
    April 7, 2009 9:52 pm

    Thank you Enri for this post. I think I understand the hate this woman feels for this man, but I don’t understand that there are laws that allow someone to treat another person in such a way. But, on the other hand, isn’t death penalty just as cruel?

  2. María del Campo permalink
    May 1, 2009 8:11 pm

    Hi! Enri, thanks for your post, here are my answers:

    1.-Do you think it is important to discern between justice and revenge?

    Sure, we have to discern between `justice’ and `revenge’ because their meanings are different enough to do it, while `justice’ means, that the legal system punishes people who have committed crimes, the meaning of `revenge’ is that you do something in order to make somebody suffer because they have made you suffer before. In my opinion despite we are very similar to the animals we should act as if we weren’t. But on the other hand, I can understand, to some extent this kind of behaviour or desire for instance when somebody of your family has been damaged. So, it’s a tricky question.

    2.-May justice be regulated under popular opinion?

    As far as I am concerned I think `justice’ may be regulated under popular opinion. For instance, in Spain after the case of `Mari Luz’ or `Marta del Castillo’ there is a movement which is demanding for imprisoning for life’ penalties and our politicians should listen to what people think, always whit some limits, we can’t accept `life penalty’ but when somebody is punished with X years of prison, he or she should be there for that time.

    3.-Are the victims (whatever sort of injustice they may have suffered) entitled to make justice?

    In my opinion, victims shouldn’t be entitled to make justice because if so, justice becomes revenge and we would be losing the main difference we have with the animals: the knowledge.

    4.-Can democratic states allow and agree with conducts whose principals are in contradiction with its democracy?

    As far as I am concerned I think democratic states may take care of their justice and what is more they never should allow the conducts against their democracy.
    While reading the article, I have realized that these things are possible only in countries like Iran and although I’m totally against the man who threw acid in this woman face I don’t believe this punishment is the solution to help women’s rights in these countries.

    5.-Do you think the media and the politicians are so often using the victims for their own interests?

    With regard to this question I am sure politicians and the media are, so many times, using the victims and in my opinion it’s awful. For instance some months ago with `the search’ of the Marta del Castillo’s body I feel they were only filling their time with this unwholesome new and it was annoying.

    6.-Do you think this kind of publicity can help women’s rights in any way?

    In my opinion, there are many things to do in countries like Iran or Iraq with women’s rights and these are things that wouldn’t generate violence like this eye-for-eye justice, for instance the `burka’ they are forced to wear, the possibility of going to the doctor if they feel sick…

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