as i mentioned in my previous post, i don't bother much with "news" media these days, so i haven't heard (or seen) this case being reported in our media:
It was while Marwa el-Sherbini was in the dock recalling how the accused had insulted her for wearing the hijab after she asked him to let her son sit on a swing last summer, that the very same man strode across the Dresden courtroom and plunged a knife into her 18 times.
Her three-year-old son Mustafa was forced to watch as his mother slumped to the courtroom floor.
Even her husband Elvi Ali Okaz could do nothing as the 28-year-old Russian stock controller who was being sued for insult and abuse took the life of his pregnant wife. As Okaz ran to save her, he too was brought down, shot by a police officer who mistook him for the attacker. He is now in intensive care in a Dresden hospital.
apparently the case has attracted little publicity in europe as well, with what publicity there has been in germany "focused more on issues of court security than the racist motivation behind the attack". the backstory to the case is this:
Sherbini, a former national handball champion, and Okaz, a genetic engineer who was just about to submit his PhD, had reportedly lived in Germany since 2003, and were believed to be planning to return to Egypt at the end of the year. They were expecting a second child in January.
Unemployed Alex W. from Perm in Russia was found guilty last November of insulting and abusing Sherbini, screaming "terrorist" and "Islamist whore" at her, during the Dresden park encounter. He was fined 780 but had appealed the verdict, which is why he and Sherbini appeared face to face in court again.
so, this woman who had taken a human rights case against her abuser paid the ultimate price for daring to stand up against the abuse, using the legal processes available to her. it's a clear message to keep silent.
these kinds of attacks don't happen in a vacuum. in parts of germany, teachers are not allowed to wear headscarves. in neighbouring france, it's pupils in public schools who face the ban, and sarkozy has been whipping up hatred more recently with his talk of banning the burqa. unfortunately, it's never the sarkozy's of this world who have to bear the consequences of their actions. it's women like marwa el-sherbini who pay the price.
as per usual, let me make it extremely clear that islamophobic comments will not be tolerated on this post, so don't waste your time by making them.