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Malek Maktabi’s Story of Zainab & Her Sri Lankan Mother Deepa Is A Disgrace To The Lebanese State

The man is a savage who has no respect for human life. He has used god-given right to marry more than one and took advantage of the laws of the state to harm the life of a woman. What kind of person takes away a child from her mother? This story depicts the twisted nature of the laws that do not protect the rights of women and the love between a Mother and Child that can never be replaced. I am deeply saddened by this story so much that it brought me tears. Deepa was stripped off any right to be a Mother and was a victim of human rights. May she be lifted in the heavens and her sufferings on earth be washed away.

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

I am angry. Nay, angry is an understatement, I am livid. Anger wasn’t the only thing I felt yesterday. I was also deeply ashamed to be a citizen of a country where the story that Malek Maktabi’s show, in a rare instance of journalistic integrity, portrayed not only could happen, but is probably part of a bigger array of stories just waiting to be told.

The story, summarized, is as follows:

In 1991, Deepa Darmasiri was a Sri Lankan working as a housekeeper at a Lebanese household in the South. The husband in the household she was working in, whose name was always bleeped out and never mentioned, one day raped Deepa at knife-point, leading her to become pregnant.

Deepa did not want to get an abortion because she “never could imagine not meeting her child.” So she carried the baby to term. To make his rape legal and to be…

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