February 19th, 2009
06:35 PM ET

An Eye for an Eye?

Friday's show brings you the graphic story of Ameneh Bahrami, an Iranian woman whose attacker blinded and disfigured her with acid.  She is now demanding an eye for an eye, and so is an Iranian court:  The attacker's sentence is that he also be blinded with acid.

Ameneh might've had the option to take what's called "blood money," when the attacker is forced to pay the victim an amount of money for the assault.  But she wants the attacker to receive a harsher punishment than a fine.  Ameneh hopes that such a sentence will discourage anyone else from ever attacking with acid.

We realize this is a very difficult story to watch, but we'd like to know what you think about the outcome.  Is blinding Ameneh's attacker the right punishment?  Is there another sentence that would fit the crime?  Or do you think that Ameneh should've tried to get the "blood money" instead?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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