TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Women's Committee at Dar al-Fatwa in north Lebanon expressed solidarity Sunday with a pregnant woman who was recently beaten by her husband and his family, saying the committee rejected domestic violence.
"This is a symbolic stand to express our solidarity and voice opposition to the culture of violence and attacks in genera,l particularly at the family level," Maha Fawwal, head of the committee, told reporters.
"[Such attacks] contradict the simplest principles of mercy that Islam teaches."
She urged the judiciary to take pre-emptive measures against perpetrators to avoid such incidents recurring, and asked educational and social institutions to teach the virtues of dialogue as a means of resolving issues instead of violence.
The pregnant woman was severely beaten by her husband and his relatives Friday in the northern city of Tripoli after losing a water bill.
The woman was hospitalized and eventually sent home. Her unborn baby was not harmed.