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In this episode, we unravel Souad's story through the testimonies of herself and her children, and the analyses of psychologist Sondes Garbouj and lawyer Adnen Labidi. A victim of domestic violence, who killed her husband.
According to Sondes Garbouj, who relies on French and Canadian statistics, " half of the women who commit conjugal homicide are victims of conjugal violence". This was the case for Souad, who was physically, sexually, verbally and economically abused by her husband. Her husband also abused their four children; her eldest son losing function of his left ear due to his father violently hitting him when he was a child.
Souad tried to file a complaint and start divorce proceedings on several occasions. However, the police officers did not take her complaints seriously, and her family did not support her in her attempts to divorce and leave him.
" I know my mother is a victim. She became a victim of injustice when she only wanted to defend herself and her children." Souad was sentenced to life imprisonment at both first and second instance.
The aim of this episode is in no way to defend or legitimise what Souad did, but rather to analyse and understand it, in order to prevent similar cases in the future.
* The voices and first names of the children have been changed in order to respect anonymity.
Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab. Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert. Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience. Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process. In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity. These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand. Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.