Finland: Islamic ‘honor violence’ in Finland: ‘Palestinian’ brother beats 14 y/o sister for not wearing head scarf…….

Honor violence in Espoo – HS: 14-year-old girl did not wear hijab, brother beat her three times a week


The Espoo District Court sentenced a man with fines who beat his sister. The reason for the assault was that the girl did not want to use a hijab. – 

 Sanna Jompero / Archive

The Espoon käräjäoikeus has today addressed a rare case of honor violence in Finland.


According to the prosecutor, a young man from the Palestinian territory had beaten and kicked his 13-14 year old sister because she was not dressed in the Islamic tradition of the hijab. This is a story by the Helsingin Sanomat.


Prosecutor says 17-year-old brother hit and kicked his sister two or three times a week for at least half a year in 2016. Eventually, it became too difficult for the sister to live at home and the girl moved elsewhere.

The worst situation was a couple of years ago , when the brother grabbed the girl in Espoo, and finally dropped her to the ground and kicked her. Eventually, a police patrol arrived.


The sister says she did not dare to live at home because of the constant violence. The girl moved elsewhere. Violence only ended when outsiders intervened.


However, the brother was convicted of only one assault because there was insufficient evidence of the others. He was ordered to pay a fine of 45 days, or a total of 270 euros. He was also ordered to pay a sister a remuneration of $ 500 for pain and grief.


CORRECTION 7.9.208 at 13.05: A sentence added to the story that the suspect was convicted of just one assault.

Medical male circumcision: is the HIV prevention claim wrong?

A study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga have a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men


Circumcision is a proven intervention that reduces the chance of contracting HIV by 60%, but to scientists’ surprise, a study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga had a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men.

The findings appear to suggest that it needs to be communicated to both men and women that circumcision does not offer 100% protection against HIV.

The study, published in the PLOS ONE journal on August 1, was conducted by Indiana University professors Molly Rosenberg and Till Barnighausen from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, together with professors Kathleen Kahn and Stephen Tollman from the Wits Rural Health in Transition and Agincourt Research Unit.

The researchers surveyed about 2,345 Mpumalanga men, who were 40 years and older.

New Italian government plans to curb Sunday shopping: Di Maio

ROME (Reuters) – The new Italian government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large commercial centers before the end of the year as it seeks to defend family traditions, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday.

In a bid to spur economic growth, the then Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti liberalized Sunday trading in 2012, despite pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and unions who said the country needed to keep its traditional day of rest.

“This liberalization is in fact destroying Italian families,” said Di Maio, who is head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. “We need to start limiting opening and closing times again,” he told reporters.

Earlier this year, Poland restricted Sunday shopping as the conservative government in Warsaw pushed ahead with what it said was a return to Roman Catholic values.

The Italian and Polish initiatives run against a slow liberalization of Sunday shopping hours throughout Europe, where retailers face pressure from a boom in online shopping.

Small shopkeepers in Italy have long sought to overturn Monti’s reform, saying their businesses face unfair competition from the big malls.

Di Maio said that larger stores would also have to close on national holidays.