The head of police in Perpignan, Jean-Pierre Dréno, reported the incarceration of a father of eight for having mistreated and starved his eight children in the name of Islam. “It goes far beyond rigorous religious practice,” explained one official, adding it was more like sect-like behaviour than Islamic.
The man, of Moroccan-origin and his wife, a convert of Slavic-origin live in Banyuls-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales), about 10 kilometers outside of Perpignan. The accused claimed to be “purifying” his children. The children, between the ages of 7-17 also appeared to have been victims of physical abuse.