Monthly Archives: July 2012

Coptic Girls Kidnapped and Forced into Servitude

Image of 15 Coptic Kidnap Victims in EgyptA new report from George Washington University professor Michele Clark and Coptic rights activist Nada Ghaly has argued that thousands of young Coptic Christian girls in Egypt are the victim of kidnapping and forced servitude by Muslims in the North African country.

“Women and girls who are found indicate they were befriended by friends or relatives of their kidnappers, or the kidnappers themselves, drugged and then taken in a well-organized plan.

“Others, like a young mother who testified before the Helsinki Commission last week, were snatched by violent strangers in broad daylight. Her would-be abductor shouted to bystanders while dragging her to a waiting taxi, ‘No one interfere! She is an enemy of Islam’.”

Here’s an excerpt from the report:

Abduction, many who return home indicate that they were raped and told they could not go home because their families would never accept them back. Many are beaten; others are forced into domestic servitude. They are not allowed to leave where they are held without a member of their captor’s family keeping watch. They eventually are brainwashed into thinking the only way to be safe is to convert. Their families, who have been searching frantically for their daughters, sisters and wives — without any help from the police — often never discover their fate. The lucky ones find out via YouTube and other websites that their daughters are alive and have converted. While some conversions could be legitimate, overwhelming evidence points to abduction, forced marriage and coerced conversion persecuting the Coptic population.

Read the rest: Coptic Girls in Egypt Kidnapped, Forced Into Slavery.


Saudi Women Olympic Athletes Promote Myth of Gender Equality in Oil Kingdom

Saudi Woman With FlagAmed Shihab-Eldin’s  blog post in the HuffPo cries out to be read.

In London, two Saudi women are set to participate in the Olympics today. But back in Saudi Arabia, millions of Saudi women and girls are effectively banned from practicing sports inside the Kingdom. Also, they aren’t allowed to drive, although there is no law stipulating that.

Wujdan Sharkhani, the Saudi judoka banned from wearing the hijab head scarf when she competes at the Olympic games, and Sarah Attar will not take a trophy home as they were invited to compete under a “universality” clause that allows athletes without qualifying times to participate “for reasons of equality.”

Still, by sending these two women to London under the guise of progress, Saudi Arabia will indeed be taking a trophy home for once again proving that among its Arab neighbors, when it comes to blatant backwardness, hypocrisy and systemic gender discrimination, it takes home the gold, and then some.

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Human Rights Groups may have forced Saudi Arabia’s hand, after spending many months demanding that Saudi’s male athletes be banned from the games so long as the government refused to allow women to compete. Eventually, the government gave in.

But unlike Qatar, another Arab state that is sending women to the Olympics for the first time, Saudi Arabia continues to be the only country in the world to prevent girls from taking part in sports in government schools. Qatar on the other hand is also building a high performance training center aimed at involving women in sports and has boasted a Women’s Sport Committee for over a decade. Saudi Arabia still segregates and oppresses women in society, which includes preventing them from playing sports, not providing any state sports infrastructure for women and marginalizing them from participating in public life.

On Twitter, the anticipation around Sharkhani and Attar’s participation has prompted a hashtag to emerge in Saudi Arabia that describes the women as the “Prostitutes of the Olympics”.

Read the rest: Saudi Women Olympic Athletes Just For Show.

What the “FGM” is Wrong with the UK?

British Flag with Islamic Crescent IncorporatedAs long ago as 1932, the MP Colonel Wedgwood (direct descendent of the famous potter) spoke in parliament on the ‘horrible practice of female circumcision’ that he had seen in Kenya and questioned any acceptance of ‘their customs…their cruelties’. It’s a practice that involves the partial to complete removal of a girl’s external genitals which inevitably has a severely damaging impact on her physical, sexual and mental health.

Eighty years later what have we got? Two laws banning female circumcision – more commonly known as female genital mutilation (FGM) – but no prosecutions despite significant evidence that thousands of girls every year in the UK are at risk of this abusive practice. 

Read more: Eighty Years of FGM in Britain


Young girls are being sent to Britain for the abusive removal of their genitalia by migrant families across Europe because the country is regarded as a soft touch on the ritual, an investigation has found.

The UK has a reputation for being so tolerant of female genital mutilation (FGM) that parents from some African communities in mainland Europe are bringing their daughters to Britain solely to have them cut – “sometimes during group sessions” – BBC’s Newsnight discovered. While the penalties are tough in France – more than 100 people have been convicted there, serving prison sentences of up to 13 years – Britain has never carried out a single prosecution for FGM.

Read the rest: Migrants Bring Girls to Britain for Female Genital Mutilation. 

And yes, FGM is sunnah.  Mohammed never condemned it.

Husband Sets Wife on Fire in Front of their Daughters

Woman BurningThe failure to give birth to a son and the inability to fulfill her husband and in-laws’ demand for money cost a woman her life. She was burnt alive allegedly by her husband and in-laws in front of her minor daughters on Friday night. The victim, a resident of Khejurbona village, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday morning. The woman’s mother has lodged a complaint but the accused have gone into hiding.

The victim, Jahiran Biwi, married Serajul Islam, a labourer, seven years back. They had two daughters – Tamanna, 5, and Sahamida, 2.

Jahiran’s mother Aisanur Biwi said, “Since the birth of the younger daughter, my daughter was being tortured by her husband and in-laws. She was beaten up and abused for her failure to deliver a son.” The torture stopped for a while after complaints were made against Serajul at Malda police station.

Jahiran was also asked to get money from her parents to bring up the daughters. Initially, Aisanur met her son-in-law’s demand. “But a few days back, he demanded Rs 5,000 which was beyond our capacity. This triggered them to start torturing my daughter again,” the victim’s mother said.

On Friday, Jahiran was set ablaze in her house. Tamanna told police that her grandmother and aunt poured kerosene on her mother, while her father set Jahiran on fire.

Read the rest: Woman Burnt Alive by Husband for Not Bearing Sons.
This wickedness is sickening.  It is not sunnah  but it does follow in the extreme from the idea that women are only chattel, possessions that are born to serve their masters and bear the true humanity, Muslim sons.

Women in Pakistan Province Threatened with Acid Attacks for Shopping

Painting of Pakistani Woman Surrounded by Barbed WireThe militant Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has threatened to throw acid on the faces of women who venture to the bazaars in Mekran’s largest town of Turbat, according to a radio report.

“The militants sent text messages to the public that women who venture to go for shopping in the market place like the Lehri market and StarPlus market on their own would be attacked by Lashkar-i-Jhangvi,” a caller told the pro-militant Radio Gwank based in Sweden.

Balochistan has been a battleground for secular and democratic forces and Islamists for many years, but the Islamists mostly existed on the fringe of society.

During the military dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq, Saudi Arabia pumped in millions of dollars to finance hundreds of madressahs where poor Baloch students went for religious education.

“What we see now is the coming of age of the graduates of those madressahs,” said former speaker of the Balochistan assembly Mir Akram Dashti of the National Party.

There have been at least three reported cases of acid throwing in Balochistan in the last two years. According to Amnesty International, on 29 April, three sisters, Fatima, aged 20, Sakeena, aged 14 and Saima, aged 8, were disfigured by acid thrown at them in Kalat town, Balochistan, apparently for violating a ban on leaving the house without a male guardian.

Read the rest:  Women in Balochistan, Pakistan Threatened with Acid for Shopping.

Women in Iran Challenge Dress Code, Morality Police Crack Down

Two Women in Iran, One Astonished as Other Dressed in Modern ClothesAn annual test of wills between Iran’s morality police and women who dress in ways that are deemed unacceptable has begun in cities across the Islamic republic. But this year, the stakes are unusually high. As Iranian leaders attempt to deflect the public’s attention away from economic woes spurred by crushing foreign sanctions, they risk alienating large segments of a society that is already deeply divided.

Mandatory female covering known as hijab has been a defining element of Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. While the laws regarding proper cover haven’t changed, some women have grown bolder in interpreting the limits of what they can wear, creating a conflict that inevitably flares each summer as the temperatures climb.

The government’s offensive this year has been marked by the stationing of mixed-gender teams of morality police in Tehran’s main squares.

Already this summer, 53 coffee shops and 87 restaurants have been closed in Tehran for serving customers with improper hijab or for other gender-related offenses, such as permitting women to smoke hookah pipes. Concerts have been abruptly canceled because of inappropriate dress and too much contact between male and female fans. Approximately 80 stands at an international food fair were closed last month because the women working at them were either breaking hijab rules or wearing too much makeup.

Read the rest: Women in Iran Resist Dress Code.

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a Problem in UK, Not Just Islamic Countries

Girl screaming during female genital mutilation (FGM)It’s often thought that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an atrocity that occurs far away from our own schools and our own children in the UK; in deepest, darkest Africa. But the reality could not be more different.

The practice is no longer restricted to geographical or political boundaries, potential factors being cheap travel or migration. In fact, according to a recent Sunday Times expose, a number of health practitioners were believed to be offering to perform FGM in the UK.

FGM is a “violation so intrusive and personal that many people adopt a culture of silence as it is humiliating and embarrassing to talk about”, according to Mukami McCrum MBE, policy advisor to the Scottish government on issues of violence against women.

Read the rest: FGM Problem in UK.

Islamic Militants Murder Women’s Rights Activist in Pakistan

Slain Activist Farida AfridiFarida Afridi, a 25-year-old women’s rights activist, left her parents’ home early on the morning of July 4, as she typically did. She was walking to her nonprofit organization’s office when two men with Kalashnikovs pulled alongside her on a motorcycle and shot her multiple times, killing her.

Afridi’s killing in the town of Jamrud, in the restive tribal Khyber Agency, shocked Pakistan’s human rights community of nongovernmental organizations, which are no strangers to acts of intimidation and terror, especially against foreigners. Some international NGOs, most recently the Red Cross, have pulled out their personnel.

For activists, Afridi’s death made evident an escalating campaign by Islamist militants against anyone promoting equality for women. Zar Ali Khan Afridi, chairman of the Tribal NGOs Consortiumof which Farida Afridi was a member, said it was the first time a Pakistani woman working for an NGO had been killed by militants.

“We are all afraid,” he said. “If your activities are against fanaticism, if you are talking about human rights, they will kill you.”

Farida Afridi was founder, with her sister Noorzia, of an organization that promotes social and economic development in the Khyber Agency and other semiautonomous tribal areas that border Afghanistan. In such areas, the traditions of purdah are the norm, meaning women are expected to conceal themselves from men.

She was from a part of Khyber that had only one school, but she managed to get an education, Zar Afridi said. She earned a master’s degree and learned English. In 2004, she co-founded her organization, SAWERA, or Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas.

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Nine Women in Ivory Coast Sent to Jail for FGM

Carved Mask From Ivory CoastNine women have been sentenced to jail terms for the female circumcision of around 30 young girls, in what the UN said was the first criminal prosecution of its kind in Ivory Coast.

The women, aged between 46 and 91, were found guilty of “female genital mutilation” or complicity on Wednesday and each sentenced to a year in jail and a 75- euro ($90-dollar) fine.

Although UN officials said they did not expect them to serve their sentences due to their age, they welcomed the convictions as an important first step.

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The practice is particularly prevalent among northern Muslims and animists in the west of the country where up to 80 percent of females are circumcised despite a 1998 ban and numerous initiatives aimed at eradicating it.

Read the rest: Nine Jailed for Female Genital Mutilation in Ivory Coast.

Sudanese Asylum Seeker Who Raped 12 Year Old Allowed to Stay in Britain

Map of SudanA Sudanese asylum seeker who raped a 12-year-old girl has been allowed to remain in Britain – after a judge ruled it would breach his human rights to deport him.

Sani Adil Ali was jailed for raping the girl just months after he was given refugee status.

When he was sentenced, another judge described him as ‘a potential danger to young girls’ and put him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.

But after serving a three-year sentence, an immigration tribunal ruled Ali could stay in Britain on the grounds that he could be in danger if he returned to Sudan.

Senior immigration judge Jonathan Perkins allowed the 28-year-old to remain in Britain, even though the rapist’s probation officers found that he presented some risk to young people.

Read the rest: Sudanese Asylum Seeker Allowed to Remain in Britain Despite Convicted Rape of 12-Year-Old Girl.