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Domestic violence victim recovering in hospital, in stable condition

Tamara Harisi.

BEIRUT: A woman allegedly beaten by her husband is in stable condition after being admitted to a hospital over the weekend, a women’s rights watchdog said Sunday.

Media reports over the weekend had said that Hussein Fatouni, 30, brutally attacked his wife Tamara Harisi, 22, Saturday evening, leaving bruises all over her face and body. He then sent a text message to her family asking them to come and “pick her up dead or alive.”

Harisi was admitted to Beirut’s Al-Zahraa Hospital, where she is receiving treatment. Women’s Rights Organization KAFA (Enough Violence and Exploitation) reported that Harisi was recovering.

Her sister contacted the Bir Hasan police station, south of Beirut, and reported the incident. The husband then handed himself in to the police and is being questioned.

Harisi’s sister told LBCI TV that it was not the first time that Tamara was physically abused. She said Fatouni had beaten his wife on several occasions before and even locked her up in the house one time and attempted to burn her alive.

The new domestic violence incident provoked criticism and condemnation on social media. After KAFA posted Harisi’s case on Facebook, it triggered dozens of comments.

“Wow, I can’t believe that we’re in 2014 and the violence is getting more aggressive, God bless you,” Nicole FN commented.

“The day I went to the police to report domestic violence in 2004 they laughed at me and told me we are in Lebanon and not in Europe, he [has] got all the rights. I think such a mentality needs 50 more years to evolve,” another comment from Jinane Malek said.

Lebanon has witnessed numerous domestic violence crimes recently, with several cases involving husbands accused of killing their wives.

A father was also accused of killing his 18-year-old girl in Akkar last week after he uncovered her plan to elope with her fiance.

In April, Lebanon passed a law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence. The law was first enforced last week when a husband who had allegedly been abusing his wife for over a year was detained.

The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011, eventually finalizing its amendments in August 2012.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 09, 2014, on page 4.




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