On March 25, 2023, 26-year-old Zainab Ali was tragically shot ten times by her husband in front of their three children. The reason behind this brutal act was Zainab’s posting of a photo on Snapchat where she was not wearing a hijab.
According to local media, the perpetrator is Hassan Mussa Zeaiter, who shot ten bullets at his wife in their home in Beirut’s Choueifat neighborhood.
The horrific act of domestic violence has sent shockwaves throughout Lebanon and beyond, reigniting the urgent need for greater action to protect women from such tragedies – an issue long ignored by the Lebanese state.
Many individuals have expressed shock and outrage at the extreme violence Zainab experienced. Such acts of domestic violence not only inflict physical harm but also leave lasting psychological scars on survivors and their families.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, Zainab’s brother made a statement in a video, expressing support for his brother-in-law’s actions, claiming he was defending the his “honor.” The brother’s comments have raised concerns as they imply a dangerous acceptance of violence against women in the name of preserving cultural or religious traditions.
However, it is essential to highlight that the majority of individuals and organizations strongly condemn this act of violence. They emphasize the importance of respecting every individual’s right to personal freedom and bodily autonomy, regardless of cultural or religious backgrounds.
This incident serves as a grim reminder that there is still work to be done to create a society where every individual, regardless of gender or cultural background, can live free from violence and discrimination. It is hoped that this tragedy will stimulate ongoing conversations for change and action to prevent similar incidents in the future.