After serving a four-year prison term, the so-called “Taliban Mom” is set to be released on Sunday, 27 Sivan 5772, the daily Maariv reports. The mother was sent to prison after being convicted of harming her children, including putting cigarettes out on their extremities.
The report states the mom decided to segregate herself from other prisoners due to her strict religious lifestyle, and as a result of her unwillingness to eat the food provided, was hospitalized on a number of occasions for malnutrition and other maladies. She also kept a taanis dibur quite often as she did her utmost to maintain her lifestyle as she felt necessary.
Upon her release, she will be permitted to meet with 11 of her 12 children. Her 14-year-old daughter has been removed from her custody prior to her imprisonment, the report states.
The report quotes friends of the Taliban Mom as stating she plans to return to her husband where they hope to live with their children in Beit Shemesh. Her attorney told the press “she is not angry at anyone and she simply wishes to live in peace and quiet, adding that his client feels the imprisonment was Hashem’s decree.
It was her arrest back in 2008 that brought the matter of the Shawl Women to the media spotlight. She was suspected of abusing her children and based on the testimony of four of her children; a criminal indictment was handed down. The indictment spoke of horrific abuse, including low voltage electrocution, cigarettes, being hit with belts, starvation and other forms of abuse and torture.
In addition, explaining to the court that she felt she may not expose her face even to her family for reasons of modesty, many of the children have not seen their mother’s face for a number of years prior to her imprisonment.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)