1000s protest domestic violence against women

2014-03-08 22:31
Lebanese citizens rally making International Woman's Day demanding that parliament approves a law that protects women from domestic violence in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein, AP)

Lebanese citizens rally making International Woman's Day demanding that parliament approves a law that protects women from domestic violence in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein, AP)

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Beirut - Protesters took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday, on the occasion of International Women's Day, demanding better protection for women amid an uproar over husbands murdering their wives.

The march by some 4 000 women, men and children from the National Museum to the Palace of Justice, was led by mothers and other relatives of women they said had been the victims of domestic violence.

Many of them wept as they walked.

Calling for adoption of a bill that would criminalise abuse, they carried posters that read: "Break the silence," "We say no to abuse, do you?" and "Speak out, stop domestic violence."

Lebanon is viewed as one of the Middle East's most liberal countries, but no law protects women from abuse or violence by their fathers, husbands or brothers.

But one law does save rapists from punishment if they marry their victims.

Evidence

Meanwhile, women who marry non-Lebanese men are barred from giving their nationality to their children, and husbands are allowed to confiscate their wives' passports and prevent her from travelling.

Women who do contact the police for help in domestic violence cases are often laughed at.

In mid-February, Christelle Abu Shakra died after ingesting insecticide. Her mother pressed charges against her daughter's husband.

Earlier the same month, rights groups said Manal Assi died after her husband beat her with a pressure cooker.

Last July, Rola Yaacub was found unconscious in her home in north Lebanon. She died later in hospital.

Her family has told journalists they are convinced her husband beat her to death, but the courts said there was insufficient evidence against him.

Zoya Rouhana, director of Kafa (Enough), a leading women's rights group in Lebanon, said "the fact victims' relatives are starting to talk about these crimes means that the consciousness that one must not be silent is growing".

"The media are also playing an increasingly important role, and as a whole, awareness is growing in Lebanon on issues concerning women's rights and the fight against domestic violence," she said.

Protesters also chanted slogans criticising judges and forensic specialists whom they accused of falsifying reports on recent murders.

And rights activists accuse politicians of complicity with religious leaders, who have publicly opposed the passing of a law criminalising domestic violence in all forms including marital rape.

In 2011, Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim authority described the bill as "heresy", saying it would lead to the demise "of the family as in the West".
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