No words. Suffer the children. No words.
A delusional French father has been charged with starving and beating his
eight children in the belief that it would make them good Muslims.
Police were alerted after a neighbour spotted one of the children, a boy of 13 who weighed just 70lbs, foraging in bins for food in the Mediterranean town of Banyuls-sur-Mer.
"The teenager was painfully thin, shivering, with bloody marks on his face, bare feet and sores. He said he had been beaten for stealing a handful of sugar," said local prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno.
Searching the family apartment on Saturday police found seven other children, aged seven to 17, in a state of hunger and neglect, including two girls, aged 13 and 15, who each weighed just 22kg.
The boy and two sisters have been taken to hospital and the other siblings taken into care, while their parents have been detained on charges of depriving their children of food, and physical abuse.
The father, a market worker of Moroccan origin, and his wife, an east European Muslim convert, told police they sought to raise their family in strict obedience to Islam, which they said included going without food.
There were no food supplies in the flat and the eldest girls had been taken out of class because of a French law banning headscarfs in public schools.
"The parents explained that they practised their religion scrupulously, and with a very strict diet," said the prosecutor.
Trending in Islam. Starving the weak. Suffer the women and suffer the children.