CAIRO - 28 August 2018: Amid the increasing number of reported filicide cases, Egyptian lawmakers proposed a new amendment to the applicable Child law, aiming to toughen the punishment of this crime.
The new amendment stipulates that filicide is punishable by 10 years in prison, Enas Abdel-Rahim, a member of Health Affairs Committee at the House of Representatives, told Egypt Today on Monday.
The applicable law stipulates that whoever commits filicide faces a sentence of only six-months in prison and a fine of LE 500 ($U.S. 27.89), she said, adding that the new amendments will be proposed in the fourth round of the Parliament sessions due in October.
“The reason behind the dissemination of domestic violence boils down to the common phenomenon of drug addiction -such as addicting voodo strox, which directly affects the nervous system [...] and results in a violent change in [the person’s] behavior,” she said.
There is a noticeable lack of domestic awareness among family members and at schools, she added.
“The financial conditions Egypt experienced over the past ten years have led to the increase of [...] crime rate in the society,” said lawmaker Mohamed Abu Hamed, a member of the Social Solidarity Committee in the Parliament.
“We need to impose articles that criminalize child neglect, which could lead to the death of children,” said Parliament member Margaret Azer, deputy chief of Human Rights Committee.
On August 22, which marked the second day of Muslims’ Eid El-Adha feast, bodies of Rayan, 5, and Mohamed, 3, were found floating in a watercourse in Damietta governorate’s Faraskur. The two children were killed by their father, who confessed his crime. ““I killed my children and [I] threw them in the sea to relieve them from me and from the suffering they will witness because of me,” he said in a video released by the Ministry of Interior on social media platforms.
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CAIRO - 27 August 2018: "I killed my children and [I] threw them in the sea to relieve them from me and from the suffering they will witness in life because of me," Mahmoud, an Egyptian citizen who was found guilty of killing his two children stated.
Earlier, a 30-year-old woman strangled her two children in Sohag, Upper Egypt, because they loved their grandmother more than they loved her.
In March 2017, it was reported that a 37-year-old woman was detained for refusing to breastfeed her 8-month-old child, starving him to death.