Monday May 24, 2010

Horror: Jordanian Man Rapes, Murders Daughter in Botched Abortion

By Peter J. Smith

AMMAN, Jordan, May 24, 2010 ( – A Jordanian carpenter has been charged with the rape and murder of his teenage daughter, who died following the grisly abortion the man performed on her unborn baby girl, reports The Jordanian Times.

Authorities had charged the man on three counts of rape, murder, and abortion after the unidentified man, 45, turned himself in to police.

Sources to the Jordan Times reported that the man had sexually assaulted his 19-year-old daughter since she was 15, and that neither the mother nor the daughter reported the rape out of fear that the father would kill them.

The father decided he would force his daughter to have an abortion once he discovered that she was five months pregnant with his child, according to sources cited by the Times.

“The suspect brought a carpet cutter, cut his daughter’s stomach with it, opened her womb and took out the female foetus and threw it in the garbage,” another source told the Times. The source added that the father then sewed up his daughter’s womb with thread.

A forensics investigation found the daughter died of internal bleeding, and the baby murdered by abortion was 37 weeks along.

Momen Hadidi, chief medical examiner at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, told The Jordan Times: “I have been a pathologist for 30 years and this is the first time I have come across such a horrific story.”

He said the incident should be a “wake-up call” for Jordan “to focus more on early detection of social disorders in our society.”

The U.S. State Department report on Jordan reveals that “in practice familial and societal pressures discouraged [women] from seeking legal remedies” to cases of spousal abuse, and that violence and crimes against women are underreported because “cultural norms continued to discourage victims from seeking medical or legal assistance.”

The incident follows reports that a Palestinian man confessed to killing his 27-year-old wife because she was pregnant with a girl rather than a boy. reported the woman was found dead in her home in a village northeast of Nablus. The mother, three months pregnant, already had three boys and a girl.

Her husband was arrested after the discovery of scratch wounds on his body corresponding to DNA evidence from blood found under his wife’s nails. Witnesses told police that her husband had also beaten her when she was carrying her eldest daughter in an attempt to terminate the pregnancy.

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