These horrific cases of domestic violence don’t get amplified in media because they don’t fit the established frame of “helpless wife gets brutalized by violent patriarch.” Beyond this, despite the fact that this was a couple with Muslim backgrounds, the “honor killing” narrative is nowhere to be found, though if the roles had been reversed, you can be sure that that would be the only thing the news would focus on. The only reason this story got picked up by the Telegraph and other outlets is because it is over the top violent and it involves sex, but that’s it.

But this case, though particularly gruesome, is not an anomaly.