Raneem Oudeh: The Tragedy Behind New Domestic Abuse Law

Lady Justice statue with a gavel behind it, representing the legal process in implementing Raneem Oudeh's Law.

In a world where domestic abuse remains a hidden scourge, the story of Raneem Oudeh stands out. It’s a solemn tale that has ignited a nationwide call for change. Raneem’s life and tragic end have become the catalyst for proposed new domestic abuse laws in the UK. This article delves into her story, the aftermath, and the hopeful horizon brought by “Raneem’s Law.” It aims to shed light on the silent battles many face and the fight for a future where such tragedies are a thing of the past. Lastly, please be advised that this article does go into detail regarding the abuse Raneem Oudeh suffered and the events leading to her death.

Raneem Oudeh’s Story

Raneem Oudeh, a 22 year old woman, was subjected to an ongoing campaign of abuse by Janbaz Tarin. The police are said to have received at least seven reports of the abuse from Raneem. One such incident saw the abuser, Janbaz Tarin carve his name into Raneem’s arm. Raneem had been trying to end her marriage to the abuser since April of that year. Raneem’s story sadly ends in tragedy. Raneem and her mother, Khaloa Saleem, 49 were tragically killed in Solihull back in August 2018. Their killer was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in the same year to a minimum of 32 years in jail. Although justice was served the glaring lack of action by the police can not be ignored as a contribution to the tragedy.

Police Lack Of Action

On the day of the incident, Raneem Oudeh spoke to the police five times in a time frame of less than two hours. Raneem reported being slapped by Tarin to the police and advised of the non – molestation order in place. Over numerous calls Raneem desperately tried to get updates on where the police were. Eventually, she was told to go home and lock the doors and call them back if Tarin turns up. In one final call, Raneem was advised an appointment had been booked for her to see officers at 8am. In that call, Raneem and her mother were tragically killed.

Inquest Into Raneem Oudeh’s Death

An Inquest was launched into West Midlands Police failings of Raneem Oudeh. The inquest looked over five months of events in the build up to Raneem Oudeh and her mothers death. The roles of the police as well as social services were carefully examined. The evidence showed the police force failed to follow the most basic of policies to safeguard domestic abuse victims. Failures were seen across 8 incidents. Failures included, lack of accurate reporting as well as failure to complete a risk assessment. A failure to arrest Tarin at any point before the murders for the offences he was commiting was also noted. Nour Norris, Khaloa’s sister stated the polices multiple failures “emboldened her abuser because he knew he could get away with anything”.

The force were found to have “materially contributed” to the deaths by the inquest. IOPC reginoal director Derrick Campbell has described the failings as “shocking and profoundly disturbing”. West Midlands Police have stated changes have been made since the murders and promised more will be done, but when will promises’s turn into action?

What Is The Proposed Raneem’s Law?

Labour proposed Raneem’s Law on 28th February 2024 in memory of Raneem Oudeh. Under this law police forces will be forced to provide more protection for victims of domestic abuse in the hope of preventing such tragedies. The law would see every police force have an officer to look over all civil orders that are designed to stop violence against women and girls. Domestic abuse specialists will also need to be put into 999 control rooms.

This policy has already been successfully piloted by Labour in the Northumbria area. Police forces will also need to provide data to the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Home Office on police applications for civil orders. The law would also see an electronic link between police forces and family courts. This would allow civil orders such as non – molestation orders to be shared to ensure forces are aware of what is in place.

Labour have pledged to halve violence against women and girls by halve within a decade. The Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, stated this law would consequently be a “step change” and would work towards helping them meet this goal.

Conclusion

Though it is a positive change to see laws like Raneem’s Law been proposed. It’s tragic that these events had to take place before such action could be taken. Campaigners and politicians a like are welcoming these proposed changes. Having these laws and policies in place is one thing, but forces correctly implementing them is another. It’s vital that those at the top are enforcing these changes in every single case they come across. Hopefully with these changes and careful implementation we reduce the chances of seeing a tragedy like the case of Raneem Oudeh again.

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