The narrative out of Beirut suggests that the newlywed’s in-laws lost their heads — and then they saw to it that he lost his. The Daily Star (Lebanon) reports:
A Sunni man from Akkar had his penis severed during a brutal attack by his wife’s Druze family, who opposed the interfaith union. Rabih Ahmad, 39, was brought to Al-Shohar al-Gharbi Hospital in the Chouf late Monday night where he was stabilized and has since been transported to the Rafik Hariri Hospital in Beirut Wednesday.
Ahmad, who hails from the Akkar town of Ahrar, and Rudayna Melaab, 19, from Baysour in the Chouf, eloped two weeks ago in the presence of a Sunni sheikh. According to local residents and officials, the couple had lied to the woman’s family and told them Ahmad was a Druze from the Abu Diab family in Jahilieh, another town in the Chouf.
Melaab’s family discovered the deception only after the two were married and reportedly ensconced in a chalet in Tabarja. After expressing their outrage, Melaab’s family then called and invited the newlyweds to dinner in Baysour under the pretense of reconciling and honoring the marriage.
Instead, the woman’s relatives, led by her brother, who is reportedly a soldier in the Lebanese Army, kidnapped Melaab and dragged Ahmad to the main square of Baysour where they beat him and cut off his penis. According to local news reports, Ahmad arrived at the hospital in critical condition, his penis missing and his testicles ruptured.
The neutered bridegroom told Al-Jadeed TV Tuesday, “They cut it off to set an example.” As for his bride, a resident of the village told reporters that no one has seen her since the attack.
While the assault on Ahmad was barbaric, it might be said that his sentence was light. The Druze, a religious minority fiercely protective of keeping its blood pure, has been known to kill one or both spouses who marry outside the religion.
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