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UK: Mother kills son for failing to learn the Koran

November 3, 2012

Sara Ege used a stick to beat seven-year-old Yaseen “like a dog” if he couldn’t recite passages from the Islamic text.

The beatings were so brutal that the boy died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

Yaseen was originally thought to have died in the house fire. But a post-mortem examination showed Mrs Ege had been beating and abusing her little boy in the months leading up to his murder.

In a video recording of her interview with police, Mrs Ege told them: “I was trying to teach him the Koran….

“We had a high target. I wanted him to learn 35 pages in three months.

“I promised him a new bike if he could do it. But Yaseen wasn’t very good — after a year of practice he had only learnt a chapter.”

The court heard Mrs Ege, 32, a university graduate, and her husband, Yousuf, had enrolled Yaseen in advanced classes at their local mosque.


Mad, perhaps; but madness aided and abetted by religion.

Update: the mother has been jailed for a minimum of 17 years.

  1. From Wikipedia: “Andrea Yates (born Andrea Pia Kennedy on July 2, 1964) is a former Houston, Texas resident who killed her five children on June 20, 2001 by drowning them in the bathtub in her house. She had been suffering for some time with very severe postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Her case placed the M’Naghten Rules with the Irresistible Impulse Test, a legal test for sanity, under close public scrutiny in the United States. Yates’s 2002 conviction of capital murder and sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years was later overturned on appeal.

    On July 26, 2006, a Texas jury found that Yates was not guilty by reason of insanity. She was consequently committed by the court to the North Texas State Hospital, Vernon Campus, a high-security mental health facility in Vernon, Texas, where she received medical treatment and was a roommate of Dena Schlosser, another woman who committed filicide by killing her infant daughter. In January 2007, Yates was moved to a low security state mental hospital in Kerrville, Texas.”

    No accountability. People are deemed “insane” only when it’s convenient to avoid inconvenient truths.

  2. Fucking Andrea Yates wasn’t enough!?

  3. Therein lies the problem: as long as the child still lives, no co-religionist will believes such devout parents would kill their child.

  4. If it’s self-defence, wouldn’t the child be acquitted anyway?

  5. Such an act by the child of a Muslim might earn an acquittal in the USA, but I doubt anything less than imprisonment until adulthood for a minor child of a Christian.

  6. corio37 permalink

    Well, one COULD hope that eventually both parents and children will realise how insane it is to focus their behaviour around the contents of a Bronze Age book.

  7. One can only hope that these cases will lead to the reverse (i.e. children killing their parents in self-defense). Perhaps that will finally liberate children from theocratic tyranny.

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