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RANYA KHALIFA: "Democracy Digest"...


Is there a law that punishes domestic violence??

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 5:44 AM

I need to search for a law in Egypt that criminalizes domestic violence.  This violence may be between a man and his wife, parents and children, or between siblings.  The reason why I am so concerned about domestic violence in Egypt is that I have witnessed first hand several cases where family members did not know how to deter the violent actions of another family member because the law does not arbitrate between family members unless a severe crime has been committed.  Such a severe crime may be an assualt which results in serious physical injuries.  But, why should the law wait until such serious physical injury actually happens??

This is an issue that needs much discussion and I truely believe that it requires very serious consideration in lieu of all the violence that we see on the streets of Egypt post-revolution....the violence on the streets will undoubtedly be transformed to households, where men and women are under extreme economic pressure and political uncertainty...

Please refer to  my "Links" for Domestic Violence Lawyers in Egypt.


Categories: Where's the Necessary Law??

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Reply Ahmed
1:00 PM on April 12, 2011 
I share your concern Ranya regarding this endemic problem which is not unique for Egypt as I was reading an article in my Medical Defence Union magazine which shows some eyebrow raising figures in Sctotland.Domestic and family violence in Egypt and the East has some deep cultural, socio-economic and ill informed religious roots
There is a general trend of intolerability and insensitivity of others. Subordinate style of marital relaionships seems to be the norms. The mental hijab and emotional niqab prevent women from being an active and effective member of the society. It is not the quest of equality what really matters, it is the respect and acceptance which are lacking. We are different and we all have various roles to play. Relationship and family education should be a module within any curriculum at schools from a very young age.