A 35-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead by her brother in the hospital ICU. The murder was caused by a dispute over the marriage of a girl two years ago. Fatima al-Ajmi, a Kuwaiti national, was brutally murdered. Fatima was shot several times. Fatima was first shot twice by her brother in front of her one-year-old son inside the home. Her husband, Fatima, was rushed to the hospital after she was shot. The brother, who followed, was not allowed inside by security personnel, but entered the hospital through the back door and stormed into the ICU, shooting Fatima four more times.
Gulf News reports, citing Hesham al-Mulla, the lawyer handling the murder case, that the brothers, who pleaded guilty to murder, were still in jail, accusing them of embarrassing the family. Fatima’s father and another brother had consented to the marriage. But the brother who committed the murder insisted that it was unacceptable for the girl to marry someone of a different race.
Fathima got married two years ago. Since then, his brother has made several death threats. Protests against the brutal killings are intensifying on social media. No one expected such an incident to happen in Kuwait, and the man who went to the hospital and committed such a heinous murder should be severely punished.
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was approved by the Kuwaiti National Assembly weeks ago. The brutal murder took place after this historic moment.
Human rights activists point out that while such killings are not new, they are no longer just a case of honor killing. Many criminals escape under the provisions of Article 153 of the Kuwaiti Penal Code.