Blood money has a legitimate role in society

Readers say the system of blood money gives dignity to those affected by crime. Courtesy Security Media
Readers say the system of blood money gives dignity to those affected by crime. Courtesy Security Media

In relation to your report, Widow spares husband’s killer death sentence at Abu Dhabi court (December 24), I thought this was beautiful.

She said she wanted to pardon the man and instead chose to care for her family with the blood money because she is about to move back home. With Dh200,000, she will be safe for life in Pakistan.

We respect the way others live in the UAE and in return I expect others to respect our laws and our way of life.

Pardoning him doesn’t necessarily mean he will be around in the UAE for long.

Life as a single mother is honourable, but a widow working in a menial position here cannot even afford to send her children home.

Hence the blood money, to help the family with the financial problems they will face and to save them having ask for money from the government. This is why I believe blood money is a mercy for the family.

Omar LK, Dubai

I am not in favour of the concept of blood money. I would have pardoned the killer but I would never have asked anything at all from him.

I just cannot understand that it is honourable to pardon someone and at the same time ask for money.

Honourable people who are single and have children go to work.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

The law on pardoning means you save them from death on the condition that the defendant pays blood money.

Whether you pardon them in your heart is neither here nor there – that’s a different topic.

At least she would not have to worry about sustaining herself and her children.

Elham Al-Marzouqi McMillan, Dubai

Crow attack is not unique

With regard to your article, Family attacked by crows at Dubai beach resort (December 23), my two-year-old son was attacked by a crow while he was eating a grape at a hotel in Dubai just about a month ago.

The crow’s beak hit his forehead just above his eye and left him bleeding. But if he had turned his head just a little the bird would have left him with a serious eye injury.

There’s nothing cute about these birds, and you will realise it when they attack you or your child. They’re a danger and pests and should be treated like rats.

Erika Salmi, Dubai

As a victim of a bird attack myself, my understanding is that crows only attack if their young are in the vicinity.

This is an unfortunate incident – but it will happen again.

Lee Sutton, Dubai

Quran of herbs holds secrets

Anna Seaman’s story, A Quran made entirely from herbs (December 21) was excellent.

It was interesting to note that Hakim Hamdi Taher, the Turkish man who made this copy, was said to have been 106 years old when he died in 2003.

It’s just a thought, but maybe this copy of the Quran is made of some secret herbs that help longevity.

Perhaps the book should be checked at a scientific laboratory before being sent to an Islamic museum?

Name withheld by request

Children pay for junk food diet

Your news story, Some UAE children have cholesterol levels found in 60-year-old men, doctors say (December 17), highlights the biggest side effect of junk food.

Children today eat more junk food every day. I hope they and their parents will become aware of effects on their diet.

Pahi Smith, Dubai

UAE’s Christmas helps fight ignorance

It was good to read your report, One celebration, many ways: Christmas celebrations across the UAE (December 24).

I am weary of the negative sentiments here in the US regarding intolerance towards Christians in the Middle East. We were always grateful to celebrate Christmas when we were living in the UAE.

Tietjen Alvarez, US

Etihad glamour takes to the sky

After looking at your story, Etihad Airways puts glamour into flying with new cabin crew uniform (December 19), I like the new colour palette but the ladies’ pencil skirts seem too restrictive to walk in.

Clare L’Estrange, Abu Dhabi

This collection proves glamour and style in the sky are back.

Christine Hinz, Abu Dhabi

Published: December 25, 2014 04:00 AM


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