A father has been convicted after terrorizing his family with honor related violence. He kept his wife locked up for 10 years, forced his daughters to wear Hijab and even attacked his daughter with a kebab stick.
Frilagt reports that the man ruled his family with terror to prevent them from integration into Swedish society.
The man who is in his 60s, has a leading role in a Mosque in Hässleholm. His wife and daughters were forced to stay at home and indoors.
They could not have contact with others and were forced to wear clothes that he approved of, including Hijab.
Two of the sisters who are closest in age are 15 and 16 years old.
When the sisters turned 12, they were both forced to start wearing the Hijab. One of the daughters, who is 15 years old, says that when she said no to the Hijab, her father attacked her.
“He became angry and started screaming and hitting me. He hit until I was lying on the floor and then he kicked me” she explains while starting to cry.
“He asked if I wanted to become a Swedish girl. Do you want to become a whore? You are destroying my honor, he said”
The girls were only allowed to wear dark clothes with long sleeves and long skirts.
When the skirt didn’t cover the shoes, the father threatened to dismember one of the sisters the 16 year old said.
Further, she says that the father choked her, and both she and her brother were assaulted with a sharp metal kebab stick.
“It hurt very, very much. I can still feel it when I think about it” said the 16 year old.
Not allowed to befriend Swedes and integrate in Swedish society.
The girls were not allowed to befriend Swedish youths. One of the sisters explains that she was hit in the car on her way home from school because she had received a hug from another girl at school when saying goodbye.
The mother was so seriously assaulted that she got a miscarriage.
She was not allowed to learn Swedish until 2018, when the family had already been in Sweden for 12 years. The only reason she was allowed to learn Swedish was because it was a requirement to continue receiving welfare benefits.
The oldest daughter was also forced to pretend being handicapped in order to falsely get welfare benefits. She was amongst other things forced to use a walker at school.
Several of her siblings and her mother witnessed that in 2016, the father assaulted the oldest daughter until she was vomiting and bleeding from her mouth and ears.
After the assault she was bed ridden for several weeks, and calling an ambulance was not allowed.
The oldest daughter says that it was difficult to seek help, but the reason she managed to do it was because she overheard a phone call from her father. She was to be sent to Iraq to be married away.
This gave her courage to act, because she knew that once she had left the Swedish border there would be no way back. She had to act now.
According to Frilagt, the children are worried that the father or other relatives will find them to “restore honor”.
The man has been convicted of gross violations of women’s rights against his wife, and gross violation of integrity against four of his children.
He has been sentenced to the harshest sentence possible, and has received 8 years in prison and has to pay SEK 115 000 ($11 885) in damages.