Azhar Vadi | Cii News | 08 January 2013
A mother in Wales, Sara Ege (33), has been sentenced to life in jail with a minimum serving time of 17 years after she beat her son to death for failing to memorise verses of the Quraan adequately.
Yaseen Ege was 7-years-old and described as a boy who loved to learn by his teachers at a local Islamic school in Cardiff, Wales. He was beaten to death and then burnt with barbeque gel by his mother as she tried to hide is wounds.
Muslims regard the memorisation of the Quraan as an extremely virtuous act. Millions of men and women have committed the holy book to memory, particularly in their early youth when the process of memorisation is easier.
The wild beating of children learning the Quraan is however not sanctioned by Islamic teachings.
Moulana Yahya Bham, the principal of Ashraful Madaris, a school for memorisation of the Quraan in Johannesburg, condemned Mrs. Ege’s actions.
“Where anger is taken and as a result the parent or the teacher beats away at the child, it is totally haraam (forbidden). That is not the way the Quraan is supposed to be taught. It is not the right way.”
In the ruling the judge, Wyn Williams of the Cardiff Crown Court, dismissed claims by Mrs. Ege that her husband Yousuf Ege, a taxi driver, was responsible for Yaseen’s death.
Yaseen succumbed to the beating inflicted by his mother in 2010.
In his judgment, Williams was quoted by the BBC as saying: “I am satisfied that it was his failure to learn the Quraan that day that resulted in the beating that caused his death.
“On the day of Yaseen’s death you had kept him home from school so he could devote himself to his study of the Quraan.
“He was memorising passages but on that day Yaseen must have failed in some way and it was that which was a trigger for the beating. You killed your own son.
“At the time of the killing he was particularly vulnerable because of his age and because of his relative physical frailty.
“In killing your son you abused a precious relationship of trust which does and should exist between a parent and a child.”
Sara was also sentenced to four years in prison for perverting the course of justice stemming from a complicated series of claims and counter-claims when she had confessed to the murder and then retracted that confession.
The judge noted that, “For three months you (Sara) beat him often with a wooden pestle and I’m confident these beatings left him in a significant amount of pain.
“This prolonged cruelty culminated on the day of his death in what was a savage attack. You then set fire to his body in an attempt to evade responsibility for what you had done.
Investigators first thought that the child succumbed to burn wounds but it later emerged that he had died earlier.
Police presented evidence in the form of a recorded confession made by Mrs. Ege in which she stated:
“I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog.
“He was breathing as if he was asleep when I left him,” she said. “He was still murmuring the same thing over and over again. I thought that he was just tired.”
According to the BBC report, Sara returned 10 minutes later she said she found her son shaking and shivering on the floor. He then died. She then used barbecue gel to burn her son’s body in an attempt to hide the evidence.
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