A 7-year-old boy, Yaseen was brutally beaten to death and then burnt by his mother for failing to learn the Koran by heart. His 33-year-old mother was convicted of her son’s murder by a jury at the court last month. Sara Ege has been jailed now for life as she killed her son and then put his body ablaze to hide the proof.
Ege is charged of ruthlessly behaving with her child and treating him like a dog. She used to beat him over and over again with a stick for failing to memorize religious texts quickly enough. Yaseen who was recognized as a hard working, quiet and well behaved kid by many, had suffered multiple injuries. He died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of harsh beatings. Ege who suffered from depression and domestic violence was found guilty both of murder and of a charge of perverting the course of justice.
It isn’t the first time that such a promising young life has been taken in such disturbing circumstances. Throughout the world various cases have been reported where children are beaten brutally and are even killed by their parents for no reason at all.
Previously, a Dallas mother, Elizabeth Escalona, was arrested for beating her two-year-old daughterjust for soiling her pants - leaving the tot in critical condition. She dragged the two year old by her feet and glued her hands and stuck them to a wall until they bled.
Another case was reported by Polish policein November 2012 when a 41-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of killing five of her children. The bodies of four of the children were found near their home in a village in south-eastern Poland and authorities confirmed that the fifth child was also killed but the body wasn’t discovered.
Our shock at such stories is, of course, reasonable: They seem to go against everything we naturally feel about the parent-child bond.
So, what can be the cause of these parental failures? Do you think this is some sort of extremism, religious or cultural? Probably the answer is no. No one is insane enough to kill their own child until and unless they are mentally sick.
It's a phenomenon that defies neat patterns: It cuts across boundaries of class, race and socio-economic status and most importantly, religion. No religion, culture or race can or should be blamed for the sickness of the human mind.