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Mother hangs mentally challenged Palestinian daughter

Woman surrenders after murder; killing is 20th honour crime in Palestine

  • By Nasouh Nazzal, Correspondent
  • Published: 16:35 September 15, 2013
  • Gulf News

Ramallah: A mother has admitted to beating her mentally challenged daughter before hanging her to death. The confession came after the mother turned herself in to the Palestinian Police.

It is alleged that the daughter was mentally challenged and was murdered after her mother found out that she was pregnant.

This family honour crime occurred in the town of Yata, near Hebron, and the daughter has become the twentieth Palestinian woman murdered on the grounds of family honour since the beginning of the year.

Sources in Hebron said the body of the 21-year-old woman was taken to Abu Al Hassan Al Qassem Hospital in Yata. The woman’s remains were referred to Abu Dees Forensic Centre for autopsy.

The Palestinian Police and Public Prosecution claim that an investigation has been launched and that its outcome will be announced shortly.

Sources in Yata and Hebron told Gulf News that the victim’s father and brother have disappeared since the crime was committed and that the Palestinian Police has been searching for them though the mother has turned herself in.

Amal Al Juabah, the general coordinator of the Women’s Centre for the Legal and Social Guidance in Hebron and member of the Palestinian Women’s General Union, said that the murder was an awful crime which is condemned in the strongest terms.

“Where is the honour in this crime?  The victim was completely insane and could not be held responsible for her body and mind,” she told Gulf News.

Comments (2)

  1. Added 13:37 September 16, 2013

    This is the most horrible cruel and brutal crime any parent can perform on their children that to insane child irrespective of the reasining. Anyway this world has reached a situation where any normal person would not like live in.

    Syed Qurban Hussain, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:04 September 16, 2013

    This is a crime and NOT a family honor crime. Does such killing ever save the honor of a family?? Does the mother not know that killing will dishonor her family? How can someone choose a 'dishonor way' to save the honor? This is true in all so called honor killings. They are just killing and using a irrelevant invented term of 'honor killing'.

    syed shanawaz, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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