Honor Killings in Chechnya and Pakistan

f66a43efa283e6ceecf9b0cc1838856b copyA man in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya is facing trial for the killing of his daughter.

Chechnya’s prosecutor’s office said on March 18 that the resident of the Chechen capital, Grozny, confessed to the November 2013 killing, saying that he did it “to punish his daughter for amoral behavior.”

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A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.

Nearly 20 members of the woman’s family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.

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Muslim Sex Attacker Says Fasting for Ramadan Caused Bad Behavior

118447_pc copyA sex attacker molested four teenage girls then claimed he did not know what he was doing because he was fasting for Ramadan, a court heard today.

Shamsul Islam, 33, sidled up to girls as young as 15 on empty buses and trains across east London then sexually assaulted them.

When one of his victims confronted him he said ‘I’m sorry, I’m fasting, I don’t know what I’m doing,’ Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

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Saudi Woman Gets 70 Lashes for Insulting a Man

saudiarabiawomanman-ip_0 copyA woman in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 70 lashes after ‘insulting’ a man on private messaging service WhatsApp.

The unnamed 32-year-old will also have to pay a 20,000 Saudi Riyal (£3,604) fine for tarnishing the reputation of the man, a court has ruled.

The case was filed at Al Qatif criminal court in eastern Saudi Arabia by the man following an argument. The nature of the row is unknown.

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FGM Increasing in the U.S.

fgmc-unitedstates-share-1 copyLast month, Jaha Dukureh held the hand of a pregnant 17-year-old girl as she went through a particularly painful experience in the delivery room. Dukureh supported the girl after she fled an arranged marriage.

“I was looking at the doctors just because they are looking at her, they know something happened to her, but they didn’t say anything about it.”

Like Dukureh herself, the soon-to-be mother was a survivor of female genital mutilation – but none of the doctors or nurses assisting in her birth inquired about that.

She said she wanted to say to the people in the hospital, “This girl almost died because of this and you guys are just looking at it as if it’s culture. She’s [a minor] and you’re not even asking…why this happened to this girl when FGM is illegal in this country.”

“That bothers me,” Dukureh said in a phone interview with ThinkProgress. “FGM needs to be looked at as child abuse.”

The 25-year-old founded Safe Hands for Girls to advocate for greater awareness and more stringent laws around FGM. She’s working to make sure that the same sort of requirements for reporting child abuse apply to female genital mutilation, a form of gender-based violence which is increasingly common in the United States.

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ISIS Executes 3 Women for Refusing Temporary Marriage

14075166991961_700 copyIslamic State (IS) militants have executed three young women in Mosul, accusing them of refusing temporary marriage, nikah, with other jihadists.

An eyewitness from Mosul told BasNews that the militants continue to abduct women with whom they want to have temporary marriage.

The source, that wanted to remain anonymous for reasons of safety, said that on Wednesday, IS arrested 13 women in different parts of Mosul. The insurgents executed three of them after they were transferred to Nimrud, east of Mosul.

The source claimed that out of the 13, the three that refused to have sex with the militants were executed.

BasNews has previously reported that jihadists have killed more than 150 women in Mosul for refusing to have sex with them.

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More from Pam Geller.

ISIS Passes Around Young Muslim Brides



A former Islamic State militant has revealed that young Muslim women travelling to Syria to marry jihadists are being passed between men at the rate of one husband a week.

The extraordinary claim from a ex-member of the terror group – responsible for a series of brutal beheadings of Western hostages – comes amid growing concern about the influence of the group on British teenagers.

The informant claims young girls are forced to marry and sleep with older commanders in marriages that last just seven days, before being divorced and partnered with a new spouse.

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Saudi Victim of Violent Gang Rape Sentenced to 200 Lashes and Jail



The victim of a violent gang rape has been sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court to 200 lashes and six months in jail for the crimes of speaking to the press and indecency.

According to Sharia Law, a Saudi Arabian woman must be accompanied by a male guardian at all times in public, something the 19 year old victim did not obey when she went to meet a friend, according to website Live Buddhism.

While in a car with a student friend, retrieving a picture, two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She said she was raped there by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend.

The Shi’ite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating the Kingdom’s religious diktats on segregation of the sexes, where woman are treated as second class citizens.

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Video of Rape of Pakistani Woman By 4 Men Goes Online

1388583795_images copyIn Punjab, it is no longer enough to gang rape a girl; it is also necessary to make a video of it.

And what good is that visual record, if it is not shared with the world. The men of Pakistan await, their fingers eagerly pressing buttons and sliding over screens, goaded by insatiable appetites that crave the violation of a woman’s body.

They watch it again and again, they share it with friends. For them, there is no shame in the consumption of rape, no evil in its dissemination, no cruelty then in its continued propagation.

This is not a hypothesis, but a truth. A story reported by the BBC  reveals exactly why. Sadia (name has been changed to protect the victim’s privacy), a young girl living in a village in rural Pakistan was gang raped by a number of men.

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“Stop Cutting Our Girls”

In an shocking documentary Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special’, the BBC leads a hard-hitting investigation to uncover the truth about FGM in the UK and abroad.

Campaigner and survivor of FGM Leyla Hussein was a consultant for the show which features disturbing interviews with “cutters” and their victims. One young woman reveals she’s infertile and has needed more than 20 operations since having her clitoris chopped off and vagina sewn up, aged seven.

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Phyllis Chesler on the Twisted Psychology of Jihad Brides

jihad bridesThe most barbaric bunch of blood-thirsty misogynists this side of Genghis Khan are yearning for western “brides”—and the “brides,” who will be no more than sex and reproductive slaves, are coming, via an internet campaign, to service ISIS’s male Jihadis in the Caliphate in formation in Syria and Iraq. There is a “marriage bureau” in the northern Syrian town of Al Bab for Western women in a marrying state of mind.

 Britain’s interior minister Theresa May warned that “we think around 400 UK-linked individuals have gone out to fight in Syria, mainly young men but also some women.” Officials worry that these numbers will rise “with the increased online activity luring vulnerable women to Syria.” The would-be “brides” are given point-by-point guidance on what to expect.”

 What is coming their way is far darker than Fifty Shades of Grey.

Read the rest of Dr. Phyllis Chesler’s article here.