You may remember this story of an Iranian man who stalked a woman for two years, demanding she marry him. After being constantly rebuffed, he threw a bucket of acid on her, blinding and disfiguring her. He was sentenced to being blinded himself by physician-administered acid. The world was rightly horrified.
A man convicted of blinding a woman in an acid attack was spared an eye-for-an-eye punishment Sunday, minutes before the sentence was to be carried out, Iranian state media reported. The Fars News Agency reported that the victim had a sudden change of heart and decided to stop the punishment. Bahrami had previously insisted on the vengeful punishment after her attacker's conviction in 2008.
"However in the last minute, Ameneh changed her mind and asked the proceeding to be halted," the Islamic republic's Fars state news agency reported. This week marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic world, and pardons and commuted sentences commonly occur as a show of compassion leading into the holiday.
Forgiveness will usher in its own graces. God be praised.
At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant's plate.... The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Chapter 15).