Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Beaten Girl's Parents May Lose Parental Rights

The Oakland County (MI) Prosecutor's Office is seeking to permanently end parental rights of the parents of a 15-year-old girl whose back was broken by her older brother. Police say they neglected to seek medical help for the girl, allegedly beaten because of her relationship with a non-muslim boy.

The brother, Ahmad Abdelmomen, 21, is free on bond pending the July 13 preliminary hearing for alleged aggravated assault in the April 29 beating. The Detroit News reports the Oakland County assistant prosecuting attorney in charge of the case as saying that the parents condoned the "punishment." [http://www.detnews.com/2005/oakland/0506/22/B04-223573.htm]

Honor killings and beatings of girls and women suspected of relationships with non-muslim men are rampant throughout muslim countries. A number of recent cases have been reported out of Pakistan, for example.

Such brutality is not acceptable here. I'll be watching to see if the parents lose custody and the older brother is convicted.

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