A Lebanese mother took to social media to beg the Jaafarite Court in Baalbek to give her a permit to see her 15-day old infant, who is in the ICU, after the father took her away.
After going to the Internal Security Forces (ISF) pleading for help, Ghina Al-Bayat was turned down and told that it is not part of their duties.
“I’m still a new mother, and they’re not letting me see my daughter,” Ghina cried in the video she posted on social media. “I’m asking every mother and every person watching this to share my message for the Jaafarite court to let me see my baby girl.”
As the video aggregated a huge public outrage on social media, journalist and head of Dignity NGO Joe Maalouf stepped in. He informed the Public Prosecutor in the Bekaa, Judge Munif Barakat, of the content and details of the case.
Maalouf contacted the leadership of the ISF, which expressed willingness to assist and facilitate the transfer of Ghina’s lawyer, Wissam Al-Mazbouh, from Beirut to Baalbek to begin his legal representation of her case.
Hours later, the head of the Baalbek Sharia Court, Judge Sheikh Ali Al-Mukhal, issued a decision in the presence of the baby’s father, and in agreement with Ghina’s attorney, to hand over the infant to the mother.
Maalouf assured followers of the case on social media that, in case the father refuses to hand over the child, legal measures will be taken against him and he will be prosecuted and arrested.