(Note: As we get up and running, updates should come much more frequently. Here is a compilation of events from the latter half of July, 2011.)
July 14, 2011
Saudi Arabia (Hat tip to GatesofVienna)
One-hundred and forty-five physical attacks were committed by wives against their husbands in the Saudi city of Jeddah in one month, writes Saudi daily Al Yawm, citing a report from the police in the province. The number of cases of is 20% higher than during the same period last year.
July 16, 2011
A top advocate for Muslim women’s rights has welcomed Baroness Cox’s Bill, which is designed to curb the problems caused by Sharia courts operating in England and Wales.
Cassandra Balchin, co-founder and Chair of the Muslim Women’s Network-UK, said that in her work with Muslim women, she had found “anecdotal evidence of gender discriminatory arbitration”. And this included family cases, “which ought to be beyond any arbitration tribunal’s jurisdiction.”
Lady Cox’s Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill is designed to stop a parallel legal system taking root and it also aims to ensure equality before the law for women. Cassandra Balchin says that some Muslim women have a tougher time in Britain than in many Muslim countries. Background HERE.
July 17, 2011
Iran (hat tip to JihadWatch )
Iran’s morality police unit commenced its annual campaign last month to uphold the Islamic dress code and raise “moral security” in the streets of Tehran, leading to many arrests and fines.
Local media published pictures of police men and women belonging to the “chastity squads” who detained for questioning women who were not wearing their traditional hijab headscarf properly.
July 19, 2011
Somalia (Hat tip to JihadWatch )
Children in drought-struck Somalia are suffering from a range of war crimes including systematic recruitment by Islamist insurgents, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The London-based rights group urged international action to protect the rights of children in war-torn Somalia, where tens of thousands are fleeing extreme drought.
Children are being “recruited as child soldiers, denied access to education and killed or injured in indiscriminate attacks,” Amnesty said in a report.
UK (Hat tip to Islam In Europe )
A London based women’s charity has launched a campaign to raises awareness of forced marriages.
Statistics show that the majority of victims come from a South Asian background. 64% of forced marriage cases related to Pakistani victims, 15% related to Bangladeshi victims and 8% related to Indian victims.
July 20, 2011
Egypt (hat tip to Grendel and his mom)
The incidences of Muslim men using violence and sex to convert Christian girls has gone up since the January revolution.
July 21, 2011
Saudi Arabia (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
An article by Raymond Ibrahim on a new Saudi fatwa that defends pedophilia as ‘marriage’ for girls of any age.
Pakistan (Hat tip to BareNakedIslam )
Records at Edhi Foundation show that more than 1,200 newborns were killed and dumped in Pakistan last year, an increase of about 200 from the previous year. Families view many of these children as illegitimate in a culture that condemns those born outside of marriage.
Statistics show that roughly nine out of 10 are baby girls, which families may consider too costly to keep in a country where women frequently are not allowed to work.
July 22, 2011
Australia (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
A man who claimed it was culturally acceptable for him to have a sexual relationship with a primary-school child who later bore him a son will spend up to 10 years in jail. The 31-year-old, now classified as a pedophile, had claimed his cultural background meant age was not a relevant factor in choosing a wife or sexual partner, the County Court in Melbourne heard.
But in sentencing the man, who migrated as a refugee from a north-Asian country, Judge Lisa Hannan said his continued sexual relationship with the girl – from the age of eight until she fell pregnant – was repulsive and defied morality.
India (Hat tip to Ironic Surrealism)
A 17-year-old dalit girl was gang raped and brutally murdered in Sadar police station area of Alwar district on Wednesday night. The girl was strangled by at least four men who have been arrested. The accused had dumped her body on railway tracks after murder.
July 24, 2011
Hundreds of people in Istanbul called on Sunday for the Turkish government to be more proactive about protecting women from domestic abuse. People in the crowd carried mock coffins and wedding dresses as they marched down one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares in Istanbul. Protestors also carried signs bearing the names and faces of murdered women.
According to a 2009 report released by the Turkish government, 42% of women surveyed said they had been physically or sexually abused by their husband or partner.
July 25, 2011
Gaza (Hat tip to JihadWatch )
Most safe-houses in the Gaza Strip are meant to provide protection for armed militants on Israel’s target list. Now Gaza is offering protected shelter to battered Palestinian women.
Its lone women’s safe-house, opened two months ago, has had eight clients, all guarded by police from the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the enclave and enforces a conservative though not radical Muslim religious code.
Jordan (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
A Jordanian man has been charged with killing his 35-year-old sister when she was released from detention over allegedly having sex outside marriage, a judicial official said today.
“The suspect, in his 40s, was charged on Sunday with premeditated murder after fatally shooting his sister five times in Zarqa,” northeast of Amman, the official told AFP.