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INDIO GRIS EXTRA Nº188
PP's measures against family abuse produce an increase of family abuse and
85 years old man kills his
judge states that "being fashionable" isn't typical of abused women
absolves her husband because the attitude of the supposed victim "doesn't
correspond" with the syndrome of an abused woman.
- To change clothes, to be fashionable and wear rings, bracelets and earrings,
and even "huge sunglasses", are external signs that, according to
judge Francisco Javier Paulí Collado, demonstrate a capacity of acting that,
actually doesn't coincide with the
attitude of a woman who has been six
months subdued to aggressions.
So it is specified by the magistrate, in charge of the Penal
Court Tribunal n° 22, of Barcelona, in the juridical fundaments of the sentence
which absolve the husband of the young Moroccan woman Latifa Daghdagh of charges
of abusing his wife.
The juridical verdict has no waste. On one hand, it
recognises that there is a medical forensic report in which it is established
that the young woman had "hematomas spread over a great part of her body,
fruit of blows", but emphasises that "the colouring" of the
hematomas isn't detailed, so that the date when the victim suffered the
aggressions, cannot be known.
For the judge, the fact that she ran away from her home after
receiving multiple beatings - according to her testimony- doesn't agree with the
fear, the mistrust and the scarce
capacity of initiative that, unfortunately, the syndrome of the abused woman
And adds: "Even the physical demeanour that Latifa shows
during the three presentations of the trial, not only well made-up, but each day
dressed up differently, fashionable, with rings, bracelets, huge sunglasses,
capacity to envision the exterior which, certainly, doesn't coincide with the
appearance of a woman who has suffered months of aggressions".
In case that isn't enough, the verdict also specifies that
when being questioned- two years after the denounced events- "the
questioning took place with normal calmness, observing Latifa serene, answering
the questions without gestures nor fuss".
However, there was no trace of calmness in her face which
became distorted when recalling El Mundo of her arrival to this country, after a
forced marriage to a young Moroccan whom she didn't know.
highlights in his sentence that in the trial she was wearing
"rings, bracelets and curious earrings".
parents sold me when I was 17, I don't know for how much money. They made me
marry him, and after two years my husband sent the papers for me to come to
Spain, to Hospitalet de Llobregat, where he lived with his mother"
her trip from Casablanca, Latifa thought: "I don't know him and I don't
love him either, but if he turns out to be good, I'll stay with him". Her
hope vanished as soon as she arrived, when her husband took away her passport,
when he prohibited her from leaving the house, when he started to beat her with
any excuse or without it.
didn't speak Spanish, nor had money or papers. During almost a month he had me
locked up without eating. His sister threw me food though a window. Everybody
was afraid of him. My body was blue and purple and my hair was falling because
of the tugs when he drew me through the floor".
One day, after six months of marital kidnapping, already
pregnant and after one of his beatings, he left the house. "I took a taxi
and told the driver to take me to Sants station, the only words I knew. I had no
money with me, but the taxi driver saw me crying and he didn't charge me. For
the judge, this isn't a "logical" explanation, because he considers
that "if she caused such fear in the taxi driver, he who knew our society,
would have dropped her in a police station".
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