The “Taliban mother” was sentenced to four years in jail for child abuse.
The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday sentenced to four years in prison the woman who the media have nicknamed the “Taliban mother” – because she covers herself from head to toe in clothing – over three months after this mother of 12 was convicted on at least 25 counts of assault in aggravated circumstances.
Her husband was sentenced to six months in jail after he was convicted on at least 10 counts of the same crime. Although he was charged with assaulting his children, the main allegation against him was that he did nothing to stop his wife’s abuse.
The mother arrived at the hearing, which was held behind closed doors, draped in her customary layers of black clothing which prevented her from seeing where she was going. She had to be guided by prison service officers down the hall from the elevator to the courtroom.
In her sentencing, Judge Nava Ben-Or wrote that the crimes committed by the mother were grave and that she had no choice but to sentence her to jail, even though it was clear the woman suffered from a severe personality disorder, “in order to express revulsion at and rejection of her deeds.”
But Ben-Or added that she also had to consider factors calling for leniency, particularly the fact that several of her children had testified as character witnesses on behalf of their parents and pleaded with the court not to send them to jail.
I also read that the judge criticized the haredi community and welfare authorities for the fact that this went on for so long.
Read more about this hyper-modesty, this woman and her followers. Commenters debated at the time about whether or not she was mentally ill. In a radio interview, her daughter said that her mother’s standards of modesty have nothing to do with Judaism or Jewish law, and they stem from mental illness.
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