The irate family of a Lebanese Druze woman who married a Sunni man attacked her new husband, cutting off his penis and pulling out his teeth, local media reported Wednesday.
Mass circulation An Nahar said Rabih, 39, and Roudaina, 20, met on Facebook and were married by a sheikh in July, over the wishes of the bride's family.
Marriage between members of the Druze community and non-Druze are extremely rare and officially banned by the religious group, which is present in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the West Bank.
Roudaina's family, Druze from the Bayssour area of the Aley region, were apoplectic over her marriage, media reports said.
Her brothers, one of them a soldier, managed to lure Roudaina's new husband to Bayssour under the pretext of a reconciliation meeting.
But when the unfortunate groom arrived, they beat him up, pulled out several teeth and cut off his penis.
"He would have been killed if residents of the area hadn't intervened," An Nahar said, citing security sources.
Rabih was taken to hospital, but his attackers remain at large. His family has condemned the attack as "an unpardonable and hideous crime."
Even beyond the Druze community, intermarriage between Lebanon's 18 religious communities remain uncommon.
The country was ravaged by a civil war that pitted many of its religious communities against each other between 1975 and 1990.