Death of Sohane Benziane
On October 4, 2002 in Vitry-sur-Seine, South of Paris, 17-year-old Sohane Benziane, was burned alive in front of her friends in a cellar by her former boyfriend, a local caid (gang leader). While a watch was kept outside, the aggressor, nicknamed Nono, who had bought the bottle of gasoline a day before, poured gasoline over Sohane and set her on fire with a lighter.
As Sohane, engulfed in flames, managed to run out screaming in agony, her death was witnessed by a dozen other students that were coming out of class.
Despite trial testimony that Sohane's death was intended by the accused, a local Maghrebi gang leader, Jamal Derrar, was convicted of torture and barbarity leading to unintentional death. A second defendant, Tony Rocca, was sentenced to eight years for barring the door of the depot as Sohane screamed for help.
A commemorative plate in her memory was later desecrated. On October 4, 2005 a platform was inaugurated in her memory, in the presence of her sister Kahina Benziane.
- Liberation article on Sohane in French
- L'humanite: Article on Sohane in her sister's words in French
- Time Europe: Acting on the outrage
- Time Magazine: Sisters In Hell
- CNN Transcript: Muslim Women Rebel In France
- Book review: Review of Ni Putes ni Soumises (Neither Whores nor Submissive) by Fadela Amara, which discusses the case
- Vanity Fair: Daughters of France, Daughters of Allah
- Newsweek: Sexism in the cites
- BBC News: French man jailed in torture case