Honor Related Violence (Egypt)
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Statistics on Honor Related Violence and Killings
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The [Association of Legal Aid for Women] report indicated that causes of [domestic] violence were honor crimes (42 percent), leaving the house without the husband’s approval (7.5 percent), wives asking for divorce (3 percent).
Egyptian Penal Code
Some cases end up receiving as little as two to three years in jail instead of life, due to the judge sympathizing with the man.
Nora Marzouk Ahmed, beheaded, August 1997
Nora is not an isolated victim in Egypt, where activists say scores of women are killed or beaten every year by their fathers, brothers or husbands for actions deemed to have sullied the family honor.
Associated Press, August 20, 1997
Elham Hassan, Yemen Observer Vol. IX Issue 03, January 28, 2006
Sabri Shihata and Sabri Shihata Sr., burned alive and stabbed to death, March 2009
Yasser Ahmed Qasim approached 25-year-old Sabri Shihata and poured gasoline on the Coptic Christian and then set him on fire, reported the Voice of the Copts on Friday. The young Copt tried to put out the fire by throwing himself into a nearby canal, but the burns were too severe and he later died.
His 60-year-old father, Sabri Shihata, later arrived at a village rally where a group of Muslims stabbed him to death. One stab reportedly entered his back and came out of his abdomen below the rib cage, according to Voice of the Copts. The elder Shihata was taken to the hospital but nevertheless died from the attacks.
The Muslim group also attacked the Coptic man’s younger brother, 22-year-old Rami Sabri Shihata, causing a deep injury to his head.
Local police have arrested those involved in the attack, including Yasser Ahmed Kassem, as well as victim Sabri Shihata, who is being held in custody at Dmas Hospital, located in the northern province of Qalubiya, north of Cairo. The perpetrators are charged with deliberate homicide.Security forces have also surrounded the victims’ house and extra security has been deployed throughout the village of 60,000 people.
Ethan Cole, Christian Post, March 10, 2009
22-year-old women, hung to death, 2011
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The second killing by an unemployed man in Borg al-Arab, who killed his married sister for allegedly fleeing her home with another man.
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Unnamed male, shot to death, March 2011
Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was "in order now."
A curfew has been imposed on the 12,000 Christians in the village.
This incident was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a "reconciliation" meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.
The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family's honor, which led the woman's brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians.
The Muslim mob attacked the church, exploding 5-6 gas cylinders inside the church, pulled down the cross and the domes and burnt everything inside. Activist Ramy Kamel of Katibatibia Coptic advocacy called US-based Coptic Hope Sat TV and sent an SOS on behalf of the Copts in Soul village, as they are presently being attacked by the mob. He also said that no one is able to contact the priest and the deacons inside the burning church and there is no answer from their mobile phones.
Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub reported the mob has broken into Coptic homes and has called on Copts to leave the village. "Terrorized Copts have fled and some hid in homes of Muslim neighbors," he added.Witnesses said the mob chanted "Allahu Akbar" and vowed to conduct their morning prayers on the church plot after razing it.
Mary Abdelmassih, AINA, March 5, 2011
24-year-old women, stabbed to death, February 2012
The first murder happened in Ameriya village, where a mechanic killed his sister after hearing rumors about her.
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Egyptian newspaper al-Badeel reported that the first woman, 24, was stabbed to death by her brother in the family’s home after he heard rumors about her behavior. The dead woman’s mother, who witnessed the killing, confessed to the police of her son’s crime, saying he committed it in their house.
The police became involved after the young woman was taken a hospital, which reported the murder to the authorities.The man was captured and confessed to killing his sister, justifying it by commenting on “her bad morals.”
Young women, attempted drowning, March 2012
Luckily, a fisherman saw the girl and rescued her before she died, Emirates 24/7 reported.
According to their report, the girl had initially refused to marry the elderly man, but then acquiesced to her family pressure and wed, the report, which cited local Egyptian newspapers said.
After she and the man divorced over abuse, she returned to her family, who when the girl refused to remarry the man, was tossed into the river in an “honor crime.”
Women’s rights groups in Egypt told Bikyamasr.com that they are working with police currently to gather more information about the case and would soon be interviewing and assisting the young woman.But they could give no further details on the situation, or the woman’s health.
Joseph Mayton, Bikya Masr, March 28, 2012
20-year-old women, tied up and poisoned to death, May 2012
In an attempt to protect the honour of the family, the 47 year old mother allegedly planned a plot with the help of her elder daughter, son and her nephew to kill her younger daughter named WHM.
The police received information from a hospital informing them about the mysterious death of a girl whose body they had received.
FA was soon arrested where she confessed to the crime and revealed that she had forcefully taken WHM to her sister’s residence. Her youngest son and elder daughter also accompanied them.
With the help of her son she tied WHM while the cousin forced her to swallow toxic substance.The girl died on the spot.
In order to make the murder appear like a natural death, the two children along with the mother changed WHM’s clothes and then put her body in bed.Investigations revealed that WHM was in an illicit relationship and FA committed the crime to protect the family name.
Emirates 24/7, May 15, 2012
Saida Mukhtar, Amina Muhammad and Sana Mukhtar, shot and beheaded, June 2012
After chaos erupted in the house, including gunfire, local police surrounded and broke into the home, only to find the aunt, Saida Muhammad Mukhtar, 55-years-old and a housewife, "with her head sliced off"; the mother, Amina Ahmed Muhammad, also 55 and a housewife, found "drowned in blood by the entrance of the house"; and the sister, Sana Mukhtar, 39-years-old and a widow, found butchered in a room.
The two brothers—Ahmed Mukhtar, 35, and Abd al-Basit, 24—were subsequently arrested, and confessed to the murders in detail.Such slayings are not rare occurrences in the Islamic world, and even in the West—wherever there are Muslims. A day before this story emerged, a Muslim man in Germany beheaded his wife in front of their six children—while screaming "Allahu Akbar!" or "Allah is greater!"—"throwing her dismembered head from the roof of their apartment."
Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute, June 8, 2012
25-year old woman, throat slit, body chopped into pieces and fed to dogs, April 2013
“Yes, I killed my wife and chopped her body into small pieces and fed it the dogs to hide the crime,” said 50-year old husband Khalid M.
Khalid told Al Youm Al Sabea’a newspaper that she was involved in illicit relationships with young men of the area and she also prevented him from exercising his marital rights.
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“I also found vulgar video clips in her mobile phone. Not only that, I discovered that she went out after I fell asleep and returned in the morning. At that moment, I decided to kill her and I waited till she fell asleep. I went to the kitchen and brought a knife and slit her throat.”
After he was sure that she’s dead, he brought a hacksaw and cut off her hands and feet and then separated her head from the body.
“I put her body parts in plastic bags and then dumped them in a canal near the village where we live. I went back to the house, cleaned the place and removed blood stains. I stayed there till the police arrived the next evening and arrested me. I am not guilty as I defended my honour; and I don’t regret what I did,” he said.
The daily said Kafr El Zayat Police Station had received reports of a woman's body parts found in bags in the town.
Police rushed to the scene of the crime and began investigation. It started investigating the report of any missing woman in the area. Police found that Khalid’s wife was missing from home.Police arrested the husband who admitted to killing his wife and the case has been referred to the public prosecution.
Emirates 24/7, April 24, 2013
Two females, burned to death, May 2013
Giza Police Department received a tip from 6th October Hospital about the arrival of a housewife and her two daughters suffering severe burns which led to their death upon arrival at the hospital.
Investigations revealed that an altercation had broken out between the mother and her two daughters because they stayed away for long periods and had multiple boyfriends, which led to bad reputation among neighbours.
The angry mother poured kerosene on the body of her two daughters and her body and set fire to them and in herself.
The fire spread to their apartment alerting the neighbors who broke the door of the apartment, but could not save them.
The mother is divorced and had taken the custody of her daughters from her husband.
The investigations and the neighbours’ testimony revealed that she was always quarreling with them because they used to go out of the house for long periods.The victims were buried and the prosecution was notified.
Emirates 24/7, May 6, 2013