Video of battered Syrian wife raises issue of domestic violence in Bahrain

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A video message of a battered Syrian wife calling for justice after being violently abused by her Bahraini husband has shaken up the small Gulf Island of Bahrain, with many calling for authorities to take action.

Zahraa Sobhy was violently beaten by her husband, Adnan al-Alawi, and released a message saying that it was not the first time she was physically attacked by him.

The case has turned public opinion on social media since being posted on Saturday, with many using the hashtag #Zahraa_Sobhy to discuss the prevalent issue of domestic violence in the kingdom.

The Syrian mother-of-five indicated that it was not the first time that her husband physically abused her, but that he intended to kill her during the last attack by grabbing her head and hitting it against the wall and with a piece of ceramics tile until she had lost consciousness.

According to local media outlets, Bahrain’s Public Prosecution has carried on an investigation into the case after they were notified of the incident. As per the information quoted on "Instagram", the husband entered his house in a "hysterical mood", grabbed her head and smashed it against the wall several times. He then took a piece of ceramic and continued to beat Zahraa so badly, she had lost consciousness.

Zahraa has suffered internal bleeding in the head, face and eyes, which had swollen to the extent that it had blurred her vision. The husband, meanwhile, fled with his children from their home after attacking the mother, amid reports of his arrest.

“I call on the official and local authorities to protect me and my children from this criminal because this isn’t the first time where he hits me. This time he wanted to kill me,” she said in the video that has now gone viral.

“And this is all because he wants to marry a Bahraini girl, who could spend all her money on him,” she said.

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