Father, stepmother beheaded for killing daughter

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Dubai, Jan 18: A man and his second wife have been publicly beheaded in Saudi Arabia for torturing and killing his nine-year-old daughter out of spite for his first wife.

The grieving mother of the girl, Ghosun, in the highly publicised case taken up by the Saudi media, said she felt justice had been served and that she could now sleep in peace.

People slammed the government and Human Rights Commission for not doing enough in the case initially.

The incident highlighted the recent trend involving the abuse of children of divorced parents where the father wrests custody of the child from his ex-wife as an act of revenge and then the stepmother becomes involved in the abuse.

Ghosun's father Ahmed Haji, divorced his wife and took custody of the girl. Later he married another woman named Iman. Together the two were found guilty of brutally beating, torturing and eventually murdering the daughter of Haji's first wife out of sheer vengeance.

A top official who endorsed the beheading told Arab News that there were some scholars who believe that a father should not be executed for killing his own child.


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