A “heinous” crime that is shaking Algeria

A “heinous” crime that is shaking Algeria
A “heinous” crime that is shaking Algeria
Algeria was rocked, on Sunday, by a new crime in the series of kidnapping and killing of children, as this time it came to a tragic accident in which the 18-year-old girl “Shaima” was victim.Shaima’s body was found in an abandoned fuel station in Thania, Boumerdes (50 km east of Algiers).

According to the preliminary investigations, the perpetrator of the crime is preceded by the judiciary, and the victim had previously filed a complaint against him for rape in 2016, when she was only 14 years old, and the case remained at a standstill, and the criminal returned to his act and kidnapped Shaima from in front of her house using white weapons. He raped her, then burned her body, and fled.

The mother of the victim sent a letter to President Abdul Majeed Tebboune to implement the death penalty and retribution against her daughter, and said in a video posted on social media that she knows the criminal, and she had previously filed a complaint against him years ago on charges of harassing her daughter.Hundreds of Algerians sympathized with Shaima’s mother, and a number of intellectuals and media professionals commented on the incident on social media.

Journalist Mehrez Rabia wrote: “The result is a bereaved family and suffering or no one consoled, this despicable act and the need to re-activate the death penalty in Algeria.”

Media journalist Leila Bouzidi wrote: “Justice must act immediately and the media rise up in all its forms against those who justify the murderous rapist for his heinous crime and incite violence against women.”

The head of the Algerian Network for the Defense of the Rights of the Child, Abdel-Rahman Arara, confirmed that Algeria records more than 9,000 incidents of sexual assault annually, including incest, rape, sexual abuse, and cases related to kidnapping, and Algeria this year counted 13 cases of child kidnapping this year, without registering Any victim.

The head of the “Nada” association, which is considered one of the most famous associations defending the rights of the child, believes that the mechanisms adopted to combat this phenomenon did not deviate from the security framework, and Arara said: “The measures adopted in Algeria to eliminate this phenomenon focus on security deterrence without any accompanying measures. Targeting children and families of the victims. ”

He added, “Unfortunately, no work is done with social and health actors and no support is provided to the families of the victims.” Once the legal procedures are completed, the family is left to its own potential and struggles with problems, not to mention the tragedy of families who have never found their children.

Algerian law includes about 18 crimes punishable by death, all of which relate to the loss of human life, while Article 293 bis of the Penal Code states that the punishment for the crime of kidnapping ranges from 10 to 20 years in prison, and may reach death, if the kidnapped person dies.

Legal experts believe that Algeria will proceed with the implementation of this punishment, even though it has signed the International Agreement on Civil and Human Rights.

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