Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Hind El Hinnawi: A Pioneer Against Cadism
Egyptian courts finally gave Hind El- Hinnawi some justice: they ruled that Ahmad
El-Fishawi is, indeed, the father of her daughter.
This paternity suit has been the talk of Egypt for a while. Hind sued Ahmad after giving birth to a daughter, saying that they were married a 'urfi (customary) marriage and that Ahmad, son of the famous but spineless actor Farouq El Fishawi, should own up to it. She wanted her daughter's rights.
While cusotmary marriages are not uncommon in Egypt, they have a stigma attached to them. They leave the woman in a vulnerable position, with no rights or recourse. Once the man deserts the woman, often she just fades away licking her wounds and keeping silent so as not to be disgraced.
The educated, middle-class professional decided to speak out and went public. Her parents, instead of being disgraced by her, SUPPORTED her. Wow! What shock!! Good for her. El Fishawi first denied that he even knew har, implying that she's a loose woman who sleeps around. Later, he admitted to the marriage.
If there is any true sense of justice, this cad should be disgraced for not standing by his daughter and for working to ruin her mother's reputation. Instead, he's still acting, protected by daddy's fame and connections.
Mabrouk Hind. Kick his ass, girl!