A confessed Turkish killer of two Irish women asked for reporters to be banned from his trial because media reports were “depressing him”.
The request came shortly after the defendant, former waiter Recep Cetin, admitted the charges of murdering Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 53 and from Newry, Co Down, in August 2011, at the Fifth High Criminal Court in Izmir, Turkey.
Recep Cetin, appearing in court alongside his alleged accomplice father, Erup Cetin, appealed for the media to be banned because of the effect reports were having on his mental health.
He complained he was being treated like, “a Christian, an atheist or communist” in the trial.
“I am a Muslim. My father is innocent, yet he has been in prison for one and a half years. Camera records show my father was not at the scene,” he added.
Cetin claimed he was suffering from depression because of media coverage of the case and called for the court to remove reporters from the courtroom.
Time for men in Libya to look for a second wife as the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court in the country abolished an old amendment that required men to have their first wife consent to them marrying a second one, according to AFP.
The previous Qaddafi regime requirement for a second marriage included written consent from the first wife and the man’s financial ability to be able to cater to both wives.
Read the rest: Men in Libya May Now Practice Sharia Polygamy
According to Sharia law, men don’t have to have any consent from anyone to take a second wife. Or a third, or a fourth.
In line with its policy of introducing gender-segregation to every social environment, the Iranian government has banned men and women from using educational facilities at the same time. Men will be permitted access on some days and women on others. The directive applies in particular to libraries and research institutes.
Read the rest: Segregation of Women in Iranian Educational Facilities.
At least the mullahs in charge haven’t banned women from going to the libraries and research institutes. Yet.
Shamshu Miah, 58, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, struck his wife three times after she did not get him a cigarette.
He later told police his religion allowed him to hit his wife if she did not do as she was told.
“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”
Yeah, Allah is so exalted and grand, for telling men that they are superior to women and can beat them if they disobey! Sounds to me like Allah is a misogynist.
Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: an epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain.
The backlash, which includes self-defense courses for women and even threats of violent retaliation, is fueled by ultraconservative Islamists who suggest that women invite assault by attending anti-government protests where they mix with men.
At marches against sexual harassment in Cairo, women have brandished kitchen knives in the air. Stenciled drawings on building walls depict girls fighting off men with swords. Signs threaten to “cut off the hand” of attackers.
The reaction comes at a particularly heated moment. While the latest wave of demonstrations against President Mohammed Morsi’s rule has cooled in recent days, large protests have grown increasingly violent.
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Harassment has long been a problem in this patriarchal society, and attacks against female demonstrators have occurred under the democratically elected Morsi, the military council that ruled before him and Mubarak, who governed the Arab world’s most populous country for nearly three decades.
The new element, however, is the increasingly sexual nature of the violence.
Sexual assaults at protests, where women have been groped, stripped and even raped, have risen both in number and intensity in the past year, reaching a peak on the uprising’s anniversary.
On that day alone, activists reported two dozen cases of assaults against women at demonstrations in and around Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, one of which involved the rape of a 19-year-old. The United Nations responded by urging the government to take action.
Read the rest: Sexual Assaults of Women Activists in Egypt. (h/t to Atlas Shrugs)
Atlanta, GA, USA
Eight years ago, a teacher called me from Atlanta urgently seeking advice. One of her students, a bright 15-year-old immigrant from the Gambia, confided to Ms. Smith* that she was on her way to New York where she said her father had plans to forcibly marry her to a stranger and subject her to female genital mutilation or FGM. Khadija* needed help.
A few days later, Khadija confirmed on the phone that the marriage to a man twice her age had occurred in a Harlem mosque. However, her teacher misunderstood the mentioned procedure. Khadija told me she had been genitally excised as a baby and was scarred. She was scheduled to visit a Manhattan East Side surgeon to “deinfibulate” her to ease the consummation of her arranged marriage.
Read the rest: FGM in United States.
Between 130 and 150 million women are victims of genital mutilation – most of them are Africans, Deutsche Welle reports. Now, doctors, teachers and social workers in Germany report being confronted by this practice in ever growing numbers.
Read the rest: FGM in Germany.
AROUND 2,000 girls in Bristol are at risk of falling victim to an illegal operation that can cause death or serious illness.
Read the rest: FGM in England.
The Gaza Strip’s Al-Aqsa University recently advertised a sweeping order that beginning in the second semester, female students will be required to arrive in traditional Muslim garb, from head to toe, burka included.
Although the university is a public institution seemingly affiliated with the Palestinian Education Ministry in
Ralmallah, it is controlled by Hamas.
Many students have expressed indignation over this decision, claiming that it violates their public freedom.
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On the flipside, some female students actually praised the decision. One of them noted that “this order is natural; all women must dress modestly. That is what the religion requires of us as well.”
Read the rest: Female University Students in Gaza Must Wear Burkas.
Actually, the musliminas are getting off easy with the burka decree. If full Islamic sharia law was implemented, they would have to have a male family member travel with them to the university from their home.
According to WHO, about 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone genital mutilation and more than three million girls are at risk of cutting each year. Andrew Masinde writes:
Scovia Chelengat was born in Lomolyeywo cell, Bukwo district. She vividly recalls the excruciating pain she underwent as she was being ‘initiated into womanhood’. She tells her story with teary eyes, as the memories are still fresh.
“We were treated like cows in a slaughterhouse. We were forced to lie down, with our heads pressed hard on the ground and our mouths gagged to prevent us from shouting. I lost a lot of blood during the cultural ritual. I would never wish that experience on my child,” Chelengat says.
“I do not enjoy sex. Whenever I attempt to have sex with my husband, I feel too much pain at the scar area,” she adds
At the age of 33, Chelengat has given up on sex. She separated bedrooms with her husband to give him a chance to get another woman.
Chelengat has two children and has vowed not to have any others because during childbirth, the scar tears and she loses a lot of blood.
Like Chelengat, many Sabiny girls face a lot of problems after genital mutilation and they stay with this pain for the rest of their lives. The practice is meant to reduce a women’s desire for sex and in doing so, reduce the chance of sex outside marriage.
Read the rest: FGM Continues in Uganda Despite Ban
She told the BBC that their intention was not to disrespect Islam, as alleged by the region’s most senior cleric. The teenager confirmed reports that the group, Pragaash, had disbanded.
Meanwhile, police are investigating allegedly intimidating comments posted on Facebook against the group. “We will identify them through their IP addresses,” a police official told the BBC.
The girls say they have received abuse and hate mail on Facebook since they made their first live appearance at the Battle of the Bands music festival in Srinagar in December.
“Music was our passion. We did not know it was haraam [un-Islamic],” the girl band member told BBC Hindi by telephone on Tuesday.
Read the rest here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21335186 Read more here. http://news.oneindia.in/2013/02/05/girl-band-pragaash-row-music-silenced-in-kashmir-1142980.html
Music violates Islamic sharia law. And music made by females? Double haram. From the Reliance of the Traveler:
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”
(2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”
(3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”
(4) “This Community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”
(5) “There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical instruments to be lawful ….”
All of this is explicit and compelling textual evidence that musical instruments of all types are unlawful (Kaff al-ra’a’ ‘an muharramat al-lahw wa al-sama’ (y49), 2.269-70).
A leaflet listing the regulations for women under Islamist rule now lies in dirt here at the tribunal in Timbuktu. Rule No. 1: The veil should cover the entire body. Rule No. 4: The veil cannot be colored. And Rule No. 8: The woman should not perfume herself after putting on the all-enveloping fabric.
Several days after French special forces parachuted in and liberated this storied city, there is a growing sense of freedom. Though in the houses immediately facing the Islamic tribunal, many of the 8- and 9-year-old girls are still wearing the head covering.
“It is out of fear of the Islamists that they still wear this, says Diahara Adjanga, the mother of one girl said Thursday.”They hit everyone — even children.”
The Islamists seized control of Timbuktu and the other northern provincial capitals of Gao and Kidal last April. During the nearly 10 months of their rule, the al-Qaida-linked extremists imposed harsh regulations for women and publicly whipped those who went in public without veils.
Read the rest: French Troops Rescue Mali Women from Islamists