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
UK (Hat tip to Christopher Holton)
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.
UK (Hat tip to IslamIn 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)
The incidences of Muslim men using violence and sex to convert Christian girls has gone up since the January revolution.
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 IronicSurrealism)
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.
July 27, 2011
Pakistan (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A man gunned down six of his daughters on suspicion that two of them were in relationships with boys in the neighbourhood. On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident.
July 30, 2011
A teenage boy and girl riding together in a car and were yanked into the road by a group of men demanding to know why they were together. An angry crowd of 300 surged around them, calling them adulterers and demanding that they be stoned to death or hanged.
When security forces came and rescued the couple, the mob’s anger exploded. They overwhelmed the local police, set fire to cars and stormed a police station. The riot lasted for hours and ended with one man dead, a police station charred and the two teenagers, Halima Mohammedi and her boyfriend, Rafi Mohammed, confined to juvenile prison.
August 10, 2011
Canada (Hat tip to JihadWatch via Werter5075)
A Toronto religious leader who police say has travelled the world has been charged with 13 sex offences, and investigators believe there may be more victims, both here and abroad. Mohammad Masroor, 48, is the imam at the Baitul Mukaram Islamic Society on 3334 Danforth Ave. He has been teaching there since he came to Canada in 2008. Masroor was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with 13 sex-related offences allegedly committed against five victims. The assaults allegedly occurred between Nov. 1, 2008 and July 28, 2011.
“The victims are both male and female,” Det. Const. Karen Armstrong said. “We believe there are other victims as (the accused) has lived and worked worldwide.”
August 12, 2011
On April 14, two men entered Asma Firdous’ home, cut off six of her fingers, slashed her arms and lips and then sliced off her nose. Before leaving the house, the men locked their 28-year-old victim inside.
Asma, from impoverished village in Pakistan’s south, was mutilated because her husband was involved in a dispute with his relatives, and they wanted revenge. er fate is familiar in parts of Pakistan’s remote and feudal agricultural belts, where women are often used as bargaining chips in family feuds, and where the level of violence they face is increasing in frequency and brutality
August 15, 2011
Kurdistan (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
A mullah in Iraqi-Kurdistan talked in a Friday sermon about the new bill against domestic violence that passed the parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan in June. This law also forbids the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Various clerics and members of Islamic groups started a campaign against this law and demand from the president of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Mr. Massud Barzani not to sign the bill.
The mullah is one of the outspoken opponents of this bill. In his sermon he defends FGM as a Islamic practice of the Shafi’i law school. Additionally he defends the right of men to beat their women and children.
After his wife had been shot to death on the street and he had been wounded, Kashif Parvaiz told the police here in her quiet hometown in New Jersey that three men had accosted them and, before opening fire, called them a name that is offensive to Muslims in America: “Terrorist.”
August 16, 2011
USA (Hat tip to CreepingSharia)
A Brooklyn, N.Y. man, who served as an Islamic studies instructor at a school in South Plainfield until June has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan announced today. Matthew Nesbitt, also known as Islam Abualwaan, 26, was arrested about 1 a.m. on Aug. 13 in Piscataway and charged with one count of sexual assault, Kaplan said.
August 20, 2011
Norway tackles Muslim immigration and the resulting problem of human rights for women.
August 22, 2011
Video and Transcript of a debate: Robert Spencer vs. Moustafa Zayed: Islam Guarantees Women Equality of Rights with Men
China (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
An asylum seeker from Pakistan, accused of killing his estranged wife because she had lived “against Islamic law,” will appear in Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder.
The naked body of the woman, 35, was found on Tsing Lung Tau beach on Friday morning. Her throat had been slashed.
Tahir was arrested on Saturday morning, about 19 hours after the body was found. According to reports, Tahir allegedly told police he gave his wife a drug-laced drink in the park. They then took a 52X bus to Tsing Lung Tau beach near 44 Castle Peak Road. At the beach he allegedly stripped her to humiliate her, slashed her throat and threw the body on the ground. He buried her belongings behind a bush.
August 27, 2011
“Cultural Lessons from Girls of Riyadh and Kuwait”
August 31, 2011
Libya (Hat tip to InfidelsAreCool)
A father slit the throat of his three teenage daughters in an ‘honour killing’ after they were raped by Gaddafi loyalists during the siege of the port city of Misrata. The father is said to have carried out the ‘honour killings’ because of his humiliation and shame at the rape of the sisters – aged 15, 17 and 18 – in Tomina, on the outskirts of Misrata. The victims were not named.
September 4, 2011
A Jordanian man was charged on Sunday with killing his 24-year-old widowed daughter in hospital after she gave birth to twins, a judicial official said.
The official quoted the suspect as saying “I was shocked that she was pregnant. I was enraged and shot her dead because she did something shameful.” The woman has been a widow for four years.
Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called “honour killings” courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim’s family asks for leniency.
September 7, 2011
UK (Hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
The parents of murdered teenager Shafilea Ahmed have been charged with killing her, Cheshire Police said on Wednesday. The 17-year-old’s decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004 after she disappeared from her home in Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003. She was the victim of a suspected honour killing. South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith later recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed the teenager was probably murdered.
Cheshire Police said today the teenager’s father, Iftikhar, 51, and mother Farzana, 48, have been charged with murder and will appear at Halton Magistrates’ Court, in Runcorn, later today. The couple have always denied any involvement in their daughter’s death.
Shafilea was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer, the inquest into her death was told.