Pregnant woman shot dead by husband after asking for divorce


Roqayya MonzerA pregnant mother was killed by her husband the day before Mother’s Day after asking for a divorce.

“It wasn’t the first time she asks him for divorce,” the victim’s sister told LBCI television.

“She had asked him to divorce her several times before, after she was fed up with his violent behavior,” she added. “But he used to threaten to kill their children each time.”

Roqayya Monzer was shot dead by her husband last Thursday, one day before Mother’s Day, after she asked him for divorce. The deceased woman’s sister explained that her brother-in-law shot Roqayya after she insisted on divorce because he kept on beating her in front of her kids.

Monzer is a mother of two, and was pregnant with her third child at the time of her death.

“He locked her inside every time he went to work, he did not let us, her family, see her,” the sister continued.

The victim’s family vowed to follow up on the case.

On February 17, the KAFA (enough) Violence and Exploitation organization announced the death of poisoning of a woman identified as Christelle Abou Shakra, revealing that her husband is in custody for interrogation. KAFA urged Speaker Nabih Berri to hold a special parliament session to pass a law criminalizing domestic violence, days after this latest incident. During a press conference held on Tuesday, the organization called on the parliament to adopt the law protecting women from domestic abuse and to take into consideration the organization’s remarks on the draft law in question.

And two weeks earlier, Manal al-Assi was severely beaten by her husband, which resulted in her death the next day. The husband was eventually arrested by security forces.

Another tragic story preceded the two incidents when Roula Yaacoub, 31, died of domestic abuse on July 9, 2013.

Several media reports said Yaacoub’s husband beat her up to death with a club under the eyes of their five daughters.

The joint parliamentary committees approved on July 22, 2013, a draft-law on the protection of women from domestic violence, a major step towards helping women become first-class citizens in Lebanon.

If passed by parliament, the law would come under the penal code — under which cases are referred to a criminal court — rather than personal status laws, which are ruled on by religious authorities.

Domestic abuse and harassment continue to be taboo in Lebanon, with very few women filing complaints as police generally turn a blind eye and tell them to deal with their problems at home.

From domestic violence to rape to adultery, the rights of women often fall by the wayside, reducing them to second-class citizens.

The committees’ approval of the draft-law was seen as a major step towards the liberation of the Lebanese woman who still lacks a lot of rights, including transferring citizenship to her husband if he is a foreigner or to children born of such a union.



7 responses to “Pregnant woman shot dead by husband after asking for divorce”

  1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Lebanon laws sucks when it comes to protecting women and children as well. This guy must have some backing from the resistance therefore he can feel immune from prosecution. its time for the party of Allah stop protecting these thugs in Beirut and Bekaa where kidnappers and car thieves are getting the protection of Hezbollah. I am not here just to pick on Hezbollah and that goes also for other muslims and christians as well.

  2. barabie Avatar

    “KAFA urged President Nabih Berri”

  3. Constantin7 Avatar

    A monster who should be sanctioned severely, however, if he is put in jail, the children they will have not only lost their mother but also their father, what a tragedy. With his act he ruined his life and the life of his children.

    1. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
      Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

      I don’t think he would be such a great influence on their lives.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Yes, bad for the children who seem not to be cared about … and it should be carefully explained to them in several of their ‘ages’ exactly why both parents are gone. But see what is going on in Pakistan where women are becoming really fed up with the males and their ‘sects’ doing whatever they think can for so-called ‘honour’.

  4. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
    Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Domestic violence isn’t criminalized????

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      No, Adam … because the ‘Religious Tops’ think they should be the only ones to ‘judge’ a female – while the male is clearly the one who should be catered to.
      It’s in your ancient texts, after all, and interpretation is left to the local head of ‘your’ sects.
      It has been well noted by some experienced females, when asking for divorce for many reasons, that the woman is usually told to ‘work it out’ or ‘follow the husband’s wishes more carefully’ … even after a history of beatings of her AND her children.

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