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04 October 2023

Husband not to pardon wife for killing daughter

By Staff

A Saudi man has turned down all mediation efforts to make him pardon his wife who killed their seven-year-old daughter so she can be released from jail, saying she is a killer who must die, newspapers reported on Sunday.

Bandar Al Khadidi signed a letter in court demanding the death of his wife as the only way to protect his remaining children from her.

“The father of the killed child rejected all mediation efforts exerted by local dignitaries to forgive his wife…he signed a document in court demanding her death in accordance with Shariah (Islamic law),” Alsaudi daily said.

He said his 28-year-old wife had never stopped beating up their daughter Shumoukh without any reason, adding that he had warned her many times. He had also asked her family to intervene but its efforts failed.

Khadidi dismissed reports that his wife could be suffering from mental problems, adding that she had never seen a psychiatrist in her life.

Saudi newspapers said last week the mother used a screw wrench to murder her daughter, Shumoukh, after she refused to do exercise prescribed by her doctor treating her hand fracture caused by the mother two months earlier.

The woman from the western Saudi town of Taif told police that she was infuriated by her daughter’s disobedience and started to hit her with the wrench.

The lean girl, whose father was out at that time, fled to her relatives but her mother chased her despite her heavy bleeding.

Her relatives called on ambulance, which rushed the battered girl to hospital but doctors said she was already dead.

Forensic doctors who examined her said most of the child’s body had traumas, scratches and bruises but that she died after receiving a heavy wrench blow on the back of her head.