Sonya (21) was killed by her brother in Bab Al Raml neighborhood of Tripoli on Wednesday at 3:30am. Police reports say the brother killed Sonya because he suspected she was in a relationship. LBC has the story and video report in Arabic here.
The facts are simple. Forms of family violence, if not addressed, lead to murder. If women cannot report verbal, physical, or sexual violence, they are at a very high risk of getting killed. Every investigation of Lebanon’s “honor” crimes in the past has stated clearly that the woman who was murdered had complained of different forms of violence.
At least one woman – like Sonya – is killed every month. The Parliamentary Committee to study the law to Protect Women from Family Violence has been meeting for over 18 months and still won’t pass it without counter-productive amendments. That means they are directly responsible for the deaths of these women.
We offer our condolences to Sonya’s friends and loved ones. May she rest in peace.
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