A female doctor has been beaten and thrown to her death from her apartment in Egypt in a so-called honor killing after she invited a male colleague back to the apartment. 

By Chris Pleasance

Three men – her landlord, doorman and neighbor – have now been arrested amid an investigation into her death.

The trio are accused of breaking into the apartment and beating her because she had spent time alone with a male colleague.

Strict social codes in Egypt mean it is considered deeply shameful for a woman to be alone with an unrelated man, though the law does not expressly forbid it.

A 34-year-old female doctor was allegedly beaten and pushed to her death from an apartment in Cairo in an ‘honor killing’ because she spent time alone with a male colleague (file image)

The men have not yet been charged, according to The New Arab, as police continue to investigate the case.

Reports of the attack vary, with some saying the woman was pushed to her death while others say she fell while being attacked.

The landlord has reportedly denied all wrongdoing, saying the woman killed herself during a ‘psychological crisis’.

The woman’s landlord, doorman and neighbor have been arrested over the death but deny being responsible, saying the woman killed herself due to a ‘psychological crisis’ (file image)

Women’s rights activists have called for the men to be punished, and condemned ongoing discrimination against women in Egypt.

The killing comes just weeks after Egyptian politicians put forward a series of new laws that would curtail the rights of women, sparking outrage.

The proposed laws – amendments to the country’s Personal Status Law – would mean women are unable to sign marriage contracts, and that a male relative must approve of their match before it can become legal.

Ambulance in downtown Cairo, Egypt on 25 March 2017. [MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images]

The law would also give men the power to stop women from travelling without their permission, even if for work.

Activists condemned the bill, which they said takes the country back ‘200 years.’

UN figures compiled in 2013 found that 99 per cent of women in Egypt had suffered some form of sexual harassment, while nearly half experienced domestic violence.

Egyptian laws do not explicitly criminalize domestic violence or martial rape, meaning that women who report such crimes are often ignored, the report added.

Support services for victims are almost non-existent, UN investigators said, while ‘discriminatory’ divorce laws make it almost impossible for women to escape abusive relationships.

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