Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan (MSP) is issuing an appeal for action by releasing an investigative report detailing forced marriages and conversions of Christian girls and women in Pakistan.
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The prevalence of forced conversion and marriage are difficult to accurately estimate due to reporting deficiencies and the complex nature of the crime. Estimates therefore range from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls every year (conservative estimates for Hindu girls are on the order of 300 per year).
MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 — are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party.
A rise in the number and frequency of “honor killings” in this coastal territory has political and religious leaders wondering how many more young women must be killed by their families before the desired level of honor is attained.
Over the last three years the number of such killings has increased sharply, doubling twice since 2011.
Local Imams and Hamas officials say that the killings are necessary to preserve the honor of a girl’s family when she enters a relationship that might or might not be romantic, but has definitely not been approved by the other males in her life, because a girl cannot be trusted to make her own decisions.
A girl or woman who defies the will of those male relatives shames the family, and the honor of the family can then only be maintained when one or more of those males kills the woman.
In a controversial move, the Iraqi parliament is set to legalize the age of marriage for girls as young as 9 years old and prohibits the marriage of non-Muslim women unless it is temporary.
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The Civilized Debate, an organization that defends the civil and human rights of Iraqis through debates reported on its website that there were 6 deaths and 200 cases of divorces of young girls who were married off as minors last year.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an advocate for women’s rights and outspoken critic of Islam, sharply criticized Brandeis University today for abruptly withdrawing its offer of an honorary degree.
Facing public [Muslim] pressure, the Waltham university announced late Tuesday it would not honor the Somali-born activist, a week after announcing she would receive a degree at next month’s graduation ceremony.
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A former member of the Dutch parliament who has spoken out against female genital mutilation and honor killings, she said she was “completely shocked” when Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence told her the university was rescinding its offer, just a few hours before issuing a public statement.
“I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin,” she wrote. “For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called “honor killings,” and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices.”
The recent burning and beheading of female victims in Thailand’s southern Muslim provinces marks a renewed campaign of terror by insurgent groups, according to a Human Rights Watch statement released today.
At least three Thai Buddhist women have been killed and mutilated by insurgents since February, according to HRW.
“Southern insurgents are killing Buddhist women and spreading terror by beheading and burning their bodies,” Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, said in the statement.
Such attacks are carried out for two reasons, said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher on Thailand at HRW.
Attacks involving mutilation are intended to send a message of “terror” to scare Thai Buddhists into leaving Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, or are carried out as “retaliation” for extrajudicial killings committed by Thai security forces, he said.
“Claims by separatist groups that they are retaliating against government abuses are no justification for attacks on civilians,” said Adams.
When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.
“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.
Matea didn’t want her full name published.
“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”
There won’t be any Muslim woman like Rosa Parks to change the mosque apartheid. The discrimination of women is built into Islamic doctrine and is the pivot of the tribal Islamic culture of honor/shame. In fact, if the ideology is taken to the extreme, this is what the society looks like.
This is not a spoof. This is the Islamic doctrine taken to its (il)logical conclusion in the Pakistani honor/shame misogynistic tribal society.
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded their 192nd meeting on Thursday with the ruling that women are un-Islamic and that their mere existence contradicted Sharia and the will of Allah. As the meeting concluded CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani noted that women by existing defied the laws of nature, and to protect Islam and the Sharia women should be forced to stop existing as soon as possible. The announcement comes a couple of days after CII’s 191st meeting where they dubbed laws related to minimum marriage age to be un-Islamic.
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Officials told Khabaristan Today that the council members deliberated over various historic references related to women and concluded that each woman is a source of fitna http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/348387-what-is-the-meaning-of-fitna and a perpetual enemy of Islam. They also decided that by restricting them to their subordinate, bordering on slave status, the momineen and the mujahideen can ensure that Islam continues to be the religion of peace, prosperity and gender equality.
Two girls were murdered couple of weeks ago in the name of Karo-kari [honor killing] over marrying guys of their own choosing. The jirga (a court of elders) in its judgment ordered the boys to pay a fine of Rs2.4 million each to escape meeting the same fate.
### A Saudi Arabia man accused of trying to strangle his daughter for being with a man he disapproved of is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s this afternoon.
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It’s alleged Alshaek attacked the woman, who is around 20, at Ches’s Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant on Freshwater Road on Thursday. He reportedly had his hands around the woman’s neck, leaving marks. He also reportedly threatened to kill the girl and her boyfriend.