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Saved by a Scream

This woman had a close call. I am re-assured that the family was taking her to Saudi Arabia to kill her; it implies that the climate in Kuwait does not support honor killings. Another tidbit from the Arab Times:

Screams help officers thwart bid to kill girl for soiling family name

KUWAIT CITY : The Saudi immigration officers manning the Al-Riqei border post are said to have reportedly foiled an attempt by an unidentified GCC family to kill their daughter to save their honor, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

According to a security source the parents with the daughter and another sibling traveled to Salmi post and to prevent the ‘victim’ from screaming for help the family’s relative who allegedly works at the post hurried through the process of stamping the passports to help the family cross into Saudi Arabia as the family waited in their car.

When the girl reached the Saudi border post she screamed for help and told the immigration officers that her father planned to kill her.

The family was temporarily detained at the post until the Saudi authorities contacted the authorities in Kuwait. After the family was returned to Kuwait under guard, the relative who helped them at the Salmi post was arrested and detained for interrogation.

The daily said it is a case of ‘honor killing’. The girl was reportedly involved in an affair with an unidentified youth inside an apartment in Salmiya and she became pregnant.

Meanwhile, the Al-Anba daily added, when the girl was in police custody the brother grabbed his younger sister and threatened to shoot her in front of the building of the Criminal Investigations Department.

He was demanding the release of his other sister who was caught having fun with the youth inside an apartment after a missing person report was filed against her.

A police sniper shot the man in the arm and rescued the younger sibling.

I can’t imagine her life will be easy, if she is pregnant, unmarried, and has a family who wants her dead. I can’t imagine that Kuwait has social services that can help her negotiate a path. Life will be difficult, but it sure beats what was about to happen to her in Saudi Arabia.

May 29, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cultural, Family Issues, Health Issues, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, News, Relationships, Saudi Arabia, Women's Issues |


  1. OMG! I read this two days at a local newspaper and I was so pissed that I wanted to kill this retarded family for the sake of honoring my country’s reputation. Seriously, these ill and vivcious traditions need to be stopped, pronto.

    Comment by Angelo | May 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. vivcious = vicious

    Comment by Angelo | May 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. I’m not convinced she is out of harm’s way. Hope I’m wrong, though.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

    Comment by ERS | May 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. The major issue being is a woman a human being, with rights, as the Qur’an states, or is she property, to be traded, killed, imprisoned, guarded – as property?

    Angelo – your generation will change a lot of things, I am quite sure.

    ERS – Her future probably isn’t very bright, but brighter than if she were dead.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. i cant wait until i graduate and get back to kuwait to open my little crisis center

    Comment by nQ | May 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. more reason to have a middle eastern genocide.

    Comment by Mrm | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. My God – how horrible. What a sick family, considering TWO daughters expendable.

    Ayatollah Fadlallah condemned the practice last summer, saying it had no basis in religion and that men’s honor resided in their own behavior, not in their control over women’s bodies.

    I’ve never heard of major Sunni clerics condemning it – but I would be very interested to learn about those (any?) who have!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  8. nQ – Oh, that is music to my ears. Oh nQ, you have made my day. You can’t graduate soon enough for me. I think you will have a lot of help here, there are many many good Kuwaiti people who want the same thing.

    Mrm – underneath most cynics lies an incorrigible optimist, afraid to hope for too much.

    Yayyyy Ayatollah Fadlallah, and thank you, Little Diamond, for the reference. I think we all share the belief that in the end of times, we are responsible for our own selves, our own behavior – that is how we will be judged.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  9. […] Follow Up on Honor Killing Prevented This is from today’s Arab Times, and is a follow up to Saved By a Scream. […]

    Pingback by Follow Up on Honor Killing Prevented « Here There and Everywhere | June 6, 2008 | Reply

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