A ‘Normal’ New Zealand Family?

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Last night on New Zealand Television, News Hub-Story presenters Heather du Plessis-Allen and Duncan Garner interviewed an Auckland couple. Pakistan immigrant Yasir Mohib and one of his two New Zealand born wives Fatimah Fazilet Sheikh were interviewed concerning his alleged domestic abuse involving the use of a hammer. The reason it became public news is because he was let off without conviction by a district court judge last year, who is currently being investigated because of other similar decisions. The High Court has recently overturned her decision concerning him.

http://www.newshub.co.nz/tvshows/story/man-accused-of-attacking-wife-with-hammer-talks-to-story-2016100419?ref=ves-vid1

The  NZ Herald link below gives further insight into the situation as to why the High Court overruled District Court Judge Philippa Cunningham’s decision two days ago.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11721592

New Zealand is officially known as having one of the highest domestic violence rates in the world. Some statistics saying one in three women will have experienced this abuse sometime over their lifetime. Longtime hidden family abuse is now more openly acknowledged. This is good in that there is now more help available for victim support in NZ. Domestic violence is not supported as culturally OK and offenders face criminal conviction. However as it stands on the ground, we are a mix of many cultural values and traditions concerning a woman’s value and place.

Would love to hear your thoughts on the above links

– Christine

image sourced from NZ Herald

 

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