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Video shows reaction of Iranian acid-attack victim after regaining sight

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A video showing an Iranian acid-attack victim expressing her joy and happiness after regaining sight made headlines at least locally in her home country.

Soheila Jorkesh, who had lost her eyesight on her right eye following an acid attack last year, appeared joyous in the streets of Spain where she had been hospitalized.

According to Iranian news website Khordad News, Jorkesh was hospitalized after the acid attack which also caused extensive acid burns on her face, forehead, both hands and legs.

In 2014, a number of acid attacks aimed at terrorizing women who dare to test the boundaries of the Islamic dress code were reported in Iran.

The crimes coincided with the passage of a new parliamentary bill that allows private citizens to enforce "morality" laws.

The bill has sparked a clash between hardline politicians, who overwhelmingly support it, and moderates including President Hassan Rouhani. The split is an illustration of the wider political challenges Rouhani faces from his hardline opponents.

Acid attacks - an excruciating assault used in many countries to rob women of their looks - are rare in Iran and authorities, including conservative clerics, were quick to condemn them.