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Palestinian man locked daughter in bathroom for 10 years

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 24, 2012 in World
Palestinian police have rescued a young woman who had spent a decade imprisoned in a bathroom by her father. Police described her condition as "deplorable."
A young Palestinian woman spent a long and painful decade locked in a small bathroom, never seeing the light of day. Imprisoned at the hands of her father, Baraa Melhem, 20, was rescued on Saturday by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank town of Qalqiliya. Her father, Hassan Melhem, 49, an Arab with Israeli citizenship, has been handed over to Israeli authorities, together with her stepmother.
Baara's ordeal began when she ran away from her father's home, at 10. She was returned by police, and a bathroom became her cell. She was not allowed to see her mother, from whom her father was divorced when she was four-years-old, nor attend school. Her life was reduced to beatings, threats of rape, isolation and deprivation. According to the Daily Mail Baara was only allowed out of her prison in the middle of the night, to do housework. Her only possessions were a blanket, radio and razor blade.
Yahoo News reported social worker, Hala Shreim, said Baara was beaten with a baton and metal wires. Baara received little food. Palestinian police said her father admitted locking her away and feeding her mainly bread. According to Emirates 247 Baara's father often shaved her eyebrows and hair as a punishment.
Now reunited with the mother Baara said "I have joy now. My life has begun" adding "I don't hate my father. But I hate what he did to me. Why did he do it? I don't understand."
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