In 2004 Majid Movahedi attacked Ameneh Bahrami with acid, leaving her blind and disfigured, after she refused his marriage proposal. Bahrami had claimed the right of "qisas" where the punishment given is retributive, and Movahedi was due to be blinded in a hospital today. However, following international condemnation Bahrami pardoned Movahedi "for my country, since all other countries were looking to see what we would do." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14356886 I remember this when the sentence was given in 2008, and I was shocked even for a country like Iran. Simple retribution is no way for a justice system to operate. I do wonder whether Bahrami was pressured into issuing a pardon as this has become quite embarrassing for Iran. I guess this is the most apt time to quote Gandhi- "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."