In 2004, Majid Movahedi threw a cup of sulfuric acid in Ameneh Bahrami's face because she refused to marry him after years of sexual harassment. She was left blind and disfigured, and fought in Iranian court for the right to do the same to Movahedi. Three years ago the the court ordered that five drops of the chemical be put in his eyes, but today Bahrami granted him a pardon minutes before the sentence was to be carried out.
The Guardian reports that since the sentence was announced, it was widely condemned by the international community. Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa deputy director, urged Iranian authorities to review the penal code and said, "Deliberate blinding inflicted by a medical expert is a cruel punishment which amounts to torture, which is prohibited under international law."
Originally, Bahrami said she was pursuing the punishment because she wanted to set an example for Iranians that acid attacks against women won't be tolerated. She stepped in to stop Movahedi's blinding after he had already been given anesthetic, but told CNN she never intended to go through with it. She explained to Iran's state-sponsored news agency: