By: Alexandra Kinias
A Palestinian man in the West Bank was arrested on May 13 for killing his 27 years old pregnant wife. He chocked her to death after the ultra sound results showed that she was pregnant with a baby girl. The couple already had three boys and a girl. And the husband who apparently was ignorant that the man’s sperm decided the gender of the fetus, admitted that he was jealous of his brother who had nine sons.
“According to police, abrasions were found on the man’s body, indicating that the wife struggled as he was choking her to death”.
The husband committed this heinous crime to terminate his wife’s pregnancy because she didn’t comply with his demands of granting him his wish for another son. It was like she cooked hummus for him instead of shish kebabs.
This horrific news was nothing more than another illustration of the brutal reality of how women are still viewed and treated in many parts of the world. In cultures where females are believed to be inferior to males, having a daughter is considered shameful. Fathers with stone age mentalities still believe that girls bring shame to their families. They view them as nothing more than a source of disgrace and wouldn’t hesitate to kill them in a blink of an eye if they felt that their existence would disgrace them.
The first thing that came to my mind after I read about the slain of this woman was her surviving children. How would the daughter who had witnessed the killing of her mother, for being pregnant with a baby girl, would feel about her gender? And what about the message that was given to the three boys?
The woman, according to news reports, had been previously attacked and abused by her husband. But growing up in a culture where violence against women is the norm and is encouraged by religious scholars, she accepted her fate and became submissive to her abuser. Even her family knew about it, but no one stood up for her. There are so much social illness in such cultures that makes it hard whom to blame. Probably the women in her family are as abused as she was and her male relatives are no different than her husband.
What is more horrific than the crimes committed against women is how the law deals with them. Unfortunately, the authorities represented in law makers and police officers in such cultures view and accept the abusive behaviors against women as normative.
Caption from the blog: The Muslim Women