The death of an
81-year-old mother, which came after she was ruthlessly beaten by her
own son in Alexandria has sparked outrage in Egypt, with many calling for severe punishment of her son.
as-Sayyid Mahfouz, was beaten by her son to please his wife who had
complained about her. He left her unconscious and bleeding in the hall
of their residence and went out for dinner with his wife.
reported that blood seeped outside the apartment door alarming the
neighbors who broke into the house after no one opened the door for
them. Zeinab was bleeding when they found her and was immediately
transferred to hospital, where she died of her injuries.When the son and
his wife learnt what happened, they tried to flee but security forces
detained the son who confessed to the crime.
Egyptians have taken to social media to demand justice for Zeinab and called on lawyers not to defend her “ungrateful” son.
the deceased woman’s oldest daughter, Rajaa al-Araby, told
al-Arabiya.net that her mother died of a brain clot and her brother
should not be blamed. .
She said her mother had been living with
her brother and his wife for about five years and she was appreciative
of her daughter-in-law. Rajaa added that the online campaign against her
brother demanding strict punishment for him was aimed at tarnishing the
image of the family.
She said her brother was first admitted to the hospital for brain clot on 13 September and she died two days later. .
asked about the bruises on her mother’s eyes, Rajaa said her mother had
collapsed following a stroke caused by the clot. Due to the fall, her
spectacles broke and bruised her eyes, she claimed.