Egyptian throws wife from fifth floor because she has coronavirus

Public prosecution are now waiting for the wife to leave quarantine so she can give a sworn statement. (Reuters)
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Updated 25 June 2020

Egyptian throws wife from fifth floor because she has coronavirus

  • She survives fall but needs surgery for spinal injuries … ‘She refused to leave so I pushed her,’ husband says

CAIRO: An Egyptian man threw his wife from their fifth-floor apartment to the ground because she was infected with the coronavirus.
The woman, aged 25, survived the fall and neighbors took her to hospital, where she had surgery for spinal injuries. The husband has been detained in prison pending a police investigation.
The man told officers that he and his wife argued constantly, and had decided to separate. The tension became worse when he found out she had contracted COVID-19. “I was afraid of becoming infected,” he told police. “My wife took three tests, which all confirmed she was infected. So I asked her to leave the house. But when she refused, I pushed her.”
Public prosecution are now waiting for the wife to recover and leave quarantine so she can give a sworn statement.
Dr. Aly Mazyad, consultant orthopedic surgeon at Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo, said the hospital had set up a special operating theater in its quarantine department because the woman was infected with coronavirus. The infection was stable but she remained in critical condition and could take months to fully recover, he said.
The incident has shone a light on the increase in domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns, not just in Egypt but across the world.
“There is no outlet, no public parks or entertainment centers to visit, and families are staying for long stretches of time together in the same place,” psychiatrist Nermeen Geed said.
Other factors that contributed to domestic tension were the closure of schools, loneliness, financial problems and boredom, she said. “We are all in one boat, fighting an unknown enemy. So we must all agree on how to coexist and deal with these circumstances.”
 


Iran’s hard-line lawmakers move to summon Rouhani — Tasnim

Updated 07 July 2020

Iran’s hard-line lawmakers move to summon Rouhani — Tasnim

DUBAI: Iran’s hard-line lawmakers plan to summon the president for questioning, a move that could ultimately lead to impeachment, media reported on Monday, amid growing discontent over the government’s economic policies.
Iranians’ daily struggle to make ends meet has become harder since the reimposition of US sanctions in 2018, and the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, a slump in the rial and the coronavirus crisis.
A motion to question President Hassan Rouhani was signed by 120 lawmakers out of 290 and handed to the presiding board of the assembly, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. To take effect, the motion must be passed to the president by the presiding board.
However, analysts say the board might hold back from issuing the summons, mindful that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s top authority, has called for unity among the branches of authority at a time when Iran faces mounting US pressure.
A move by parliament to question Rouhani’s predecessor was blocked by a rare intervention by Khamenei.
“The lawmakers have various questions for the president, including the reasons behind the foreign exchange market crisis as well as the high prices of basic goods and basic necessities of the people today,” Tasnim quoted Tehran lawmaker Eqbal Shakeri as saying.
Defying central bank attempts to revive its value, Iran’s rial currency has continued to fall against the US dollar on the unofficial market since April.
First elected in a landslide in 2013 and reelected in 2017, Rouhani opened the door to nuclear diplomacy with six major powers.