Conservative Iraqis Ban Their Virus-Infected Daughters From Treatment

Conservative Iraqis Ban Their Virus-Infected Daughters From Treatment

2020/03/25 | 12:05 - Source: Iraq News

(ThisDay | Iraq News Now)- Conservative families in Iraq are reportedly preventing coronavirus-positive women relatives from being treated and quarantined in hospitals due to the percieved "honour" and "shame" this might bring their families, according to reports.Doctors sought to quarantine a Baghdad woman who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but her family intervened and prevented medical professionals from carrying out the measure, a medical professional who requested anonymity told Sputnik Arabic.

The family considered quarantine to be "dishonourable" and contrary to "customs and traditions" that do not allow women to stay out of their family home without a chaperone.

Ali Al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, confirmed the existence of cases where families refused to let hospitals quarantine their daughters to preserve their "honour", according to reports.

Al-Bayati added that some families have even organised demonstrations outside hospitals that quarantine coronavirus patients.

Iraqi social media users have condemned the trend, with some used an Arabic-language hashtag that translates to "epidemic of ignorance".

A Twitter user reported an alleged incident in the Iraqi city of Najaf, when a family attacked health workers to stop them from quarantining their daughter.

The family is also said to have accused the medical staff of wanting to rape her.

"God damn family honour," another user tweeted.

Local journalist Amer Ibrahim stated that there is a trend among Iraqi women to conceal their coronavirus-positive status.

Iraq reported 316 coronavirus cases and 27 deaths.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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