In the course of two days, Arabic-speaking online users have seen trending a number of hashtags meant to either mourn the loss of Dina Thae'r in Iraq or plead for justice and safety for Jordan's Mais al-Rabie'.
A 20 years old woman was recently murdered by her father and brothers in Iraq because she was in a relationship . he asked to marry her but her family refused she insisted to marry him. It's really brutal " honor killing " .. No one was arrested for Dina's death . So called— Ola salman (@AulaSalman) June 8, 2021
For more than a year now, the rising violence against women in Arab communities has been part of an ongoing internet conversation, one that does not only generally discuss the disparities women face in highly conservative communities but also uses the internet as a tool to rescue women whose lives are endangered by family members.
Using the hashtag #حق_دينا_ثائر (Justice for Dina Thae'r), Iraqi users mourned the loss of 20-years old Dina Thae'r, a young girl from Al Diwaniyah after she was killed by her father for expressing her love for a young man who had already asked her family for permission to marry her.
Translation: "The man did propose to her as per religious rules and yet they committed the biggest sin and killed her."
بنية عراقية ترفض الزواج ممكن جدًا إنها تتعرض للتشكيك بشرفها وأحيانًا للحبس والقتل. بنية عراقية تحب ؟ ممكن جدًا تنقتل بدم بارد لأن ماعدها هذا الخيار البديهي ، وهو إنها تختار الشخص الي راح تكمل حياتها وياه!— ماسة الرَمادي (@mass7__) June 7, 2021
مشاكل نِسوية بسيطة لجماعة العالم الثالث. #حق_دينا_ثائر #حق_كل_البنات
Translation: "When an Iraqi girl refuses to get married (in an arranged way) the first thing they do is they doubt her morals and sometimes try to imprison or kill her. An Iraq girl in love? She can be killed easily because she is not entitled to this very basic right; to choose the person she wants to spend her life with. These are the simple feminist issues faced by women in the third world."
According to online sources, Dina's attempts to persuade her family of the man she loved had triggered her father to kill her. However, her family insists that Dina has committed suicide.
Many Twitter users shared anecdotes shared by Dina's closest friends accusing her father of the murder, in addition to a Facebook post by the man who had proposed to her, in which he also accused her family of killing her and "depriving him of the love his life".
Anyone reading this, please retweet and help to bring this girl's life to light, her life is depending on us taking action! We should cause enough pressure to save Mais's life.— hussain ibraheem (@hussien11) June 8, 2021
She is suffering from abuse, sexual harassment and death threats from her own family!#ميس_في_خطر https://t.co/6bXIzrbV6K
At the same time, Jordanian female users of Instagram and Twitter started an online campaign using the hashtag #ميس_في_خطر (Mais is in danger), telling the story of 17-years old Mais Al-Rabie', who has been violently abused by her family for years while they resided in Saudi Arabia.
According to online records, Mais's family sent her to Jordan recently to stay with her brothers, but the abuse continued to the extent that she was sexually abused by her older brother.
All programmes on prevention of violence against women still unable to reduce it.— Dua'a Aladwan (@dudualadwan) June 8, 2021
SHAME ON us.#ميس_في_خطر
A 17 year old girl is seeking for our help we couldn't help the others but in mais case we can her brother sexually assaulted her and did a lot of things sexually and physically and he's still free share her story so we could help her #ميس_في_خطر— M (@_sleepaholic__) June 8, 2021
Photos showing Mais' body with bruises and blood have gone viral with users have been calling on Jordanian authorities to place Mais, who has managed to escape her brothers' house, to provide adequate protection for her.
Friends of Mais have also explained that she had asked the Jordanian Family Protection Department for help many times but always ended up being returned to her family after they pledged to stop abusing her.
On Tuesday night, an Instagram user reported that Mais has been found by the police and that authorities have promised to never allow her family to take her home again.
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