‘Deluded’ French Muslim charged with starving children
A delusional French father has been charged with starving and beating his eight children in the belief that it would make them good Muslims.
Police were alerted after a neighbour spotted one of the children, a boy of 13 who weighed just 70lbs, foraging in bins for food in the Mediterranean town of Banyuls-sur-Mer.
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“The teenager was painfully thin, shivering, with bloody marks on his face, bare feet and sores. He said he had been beaten for stealing a handful of sugar,” said local prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno.
Searching the family apartment on Saturday police found seven other children, aged seven to 17, in a state of hunger and neglect, including two girls, aged 13 and 15, who each weighed just 22kg.
The father, a market worker of Moroccan origin, and his wife, an east European Muslim convert, told police they sought to raise their family in strict obedience to Islam, which they said included going without food.
There were no food supplies in the flat and the eldest girls had been taken out of class because of a French law banning headscarfs in public schools.
The 49-year-old father told investigators he had beaten his son to cure him “because he was possessed by lies.”
Commenting on the case, the Paris Mosque said the father was clearly deluded in his interpretation of Islam, stressing that even during the fasting month of Ramadan, children are exempt, along with pregnant women and the elderly.
Meanwhile, in Russia police have arrested 46-year-old Gafar Kerimov on charges that he hired a gunman to murder his 21-year-old daughter. The reason? His Muslim family and his Muslim friends were angered by the fact that the girl wore skirts that exposed her knees:
Muslim father orders daughter killed over short skirt
A Muslim resident of Russia’s St. Petersburg has hired killers to rid him of a daughter who disrespected Islamic laws by wearing short skirts.
The father’s Muslim friends again started reproaching him for being negligent and allowing his daughter to walk around dressed like a fallen woman. They said the insult could only be washed away by blood, and introduced Gafar to a killer, who agreed to help him for around $3000.
The killer, Kadyr Suleymanov, seized the girl on April 8th as she was hurrying to classes. He and two accomplices drove her out of the city to a suburban dump, shot her dead and covered her body with garbage.