March 29, 2012
UK (h/t to IslaminEurope)
A five-year-old girl is thought to have become the UK’s youngest victim of forced marriage. She was one of 400 children to receive assistance from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit in the last year.
The figures have emerged as the public consultation into criminalising forced marriage in England, Wales and Northern Ireland comes to an end. Amy Cumming, joint head of the Forced Marriage Unit, said 29% of the cases it dealt with last year involved minors.
A judge ruled to release two suspects arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl and allegedly scolded the girl’s mother for not watching her closely enough.
The Izmir 2nd High Criminal Court last week ruled for the release of two suspects who were arrested two years ago on charges of raping H.S., who was 15 at the time. Prosecutors had demanded 18 years in prison for the two suspects.
March 30,2 012
Italy (h/t JihadWatch)
The Italian Supreme Court on Friday upheld a sentence for abuse and aggravated assault by a Moroccan father against his 12-year-old daughter. Defense lawyers maintained that the father, who allegedly beat his daughter with a broom handle for “corrective” purposes after she could not properly recite the Koran, did so because of “cultural” reasons and should be given a lighter sentence accordingly.
Turkey (h/t to thereligionofpeace )
Realising a decades-old objective amid protest from the secular opposition, Turkey’s moderate Islamic premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pushed through a reform today that favours the Koranic institutions, introduces an hour of Muslim religious instruction and exposes girls to danger of being kept at home away from school.
March 31, 2012
Afghanistan (h/t thereligionofpeace)
A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack in Afghanistan, an official said Saturday, with witnesses claiming it was because of their friendship in what is an ultra-conservative country.
UK (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
38 girls may have been involved in a child prostitution ring, it emerged yesterday. Detectives had originally identified 24 girls, but Simon Heptonstall, prosecuting, told Amersham Court Court yesterday that police investigations were now focussing on 38 girls, aged between 11 and 16. Eleven have so far been interviewed by detectives.
Six men – Zeshan Ahmed, Akhtar Dogar, Anjun Dogar, Kamar Jamil, Bassan Karrar and Mohammed Karrar – were appearing for a preliminary crown court hearing.
April 19, 2012
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh, has approved marriage for girls as young as 10 years-old and criticized the notion of raising the age to 25 years-old according to various news reports. According to The World Observer, he went on to say a girl becomes ready for marriage at 10 or 12 according to Islam and stressed that Islamic law is not by any means oppressive to women, the London-based al-Hayat reported Wednesday.
The families were informed that marriage of underage girls is illegal and they were shocked,” a policeman, who was part of the raid, told The Express Tribune. “They said we’re illiterate and do not know about the law.” The girl’s parents have been arrested.
As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations (FGM) with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10, it has been reported.
April 23, 2012
Women’s anger against FGM grows in India.
Two Pakistani students rape a woman who fell asleep on a bus and missed her stop. The students persuaded her to get off with them, saying they would call a taxi for her.
April 27, 2012
USA (h/t JihadWatch)
Dr. al-Haj, a medical doctor and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, ignores FGM’s detrimental effects on women’s health, and instead argues that it is ‘an honor’ for women. He justifies this position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM’s legitimacy under Islam. He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counselled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be “more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman's] husband.”
Dr. al-Haj lost his position at the Mayo Clinic. UPDATE from AtlasShrugs.
April 29, 2012
Chechnya (h/t JihadWatch)
Chechnya’s government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor, as this Russian republic embraces a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam after decades of religious suppression under Soviet rule.
May 2, 2012
Kuwait (h/t JihadWatch)
Dianne Wilton, the wife of a former British ambassador has been left with third-degree burns after a pot of boiling water was hurled at her in an suspected Islamist attack. She was dining with friends and a member of the Kuwaiti royal family in a restaurant when a woman attacked her table.
May 3, 2012
Morocco (h/t to AtlasShrugs)
The widespread practice of marrying minors continues to be one of the most incendiary legal and political issues in Morocco today, causing open confrontations between hard-line Islamists and moderates throughout the country.
May 6, 2012
A former lawmaker and cleric from Kohistan district, Maulana Abdul Haleem, termed formal education for women un-Islamic and asked parents to pluck their daughters from school, or else they would be ‘doomed’
May 8, 2012
Tunsia (h/t JihadWatch)
The French finance ministry froze the assets of a radical imam from Tunisia who is under the threat of expulsion for anti-Semitism, an official announcement said. Mohammed Hammami, 76, has lived in France for decades and was accused in January by Interior Minister Claude Geant of making “violently anti-Semitic remarks” as well as calling for women to be “whipped to death” for adultery.
May 9, 2012
Australia (h/t AtlasShrugs)
Ismail Belghar, 36, yesterday pleaded guilty to detaining and assaulting his sister-in-law after she “dared” to take his wife to the beach without his permission. The court heard, because of his religious beliefs and because he thought he had absolute authority over her, Belghar felt it “abhorrent” that his wife, Hanife Kokden, had been to the beach where she “displayed her body”.
The Moroccan immigrant had originally been charged with the attempted murder of his wife’s younger sister, Canan Kokden, 25.
May 11, 2012
No fewer than six major Islamic organisations have formally objected to the equality bill on the ground that some of its articles go against Islamic values in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation where 80 percent of its 238 million people are followers of the faith.
May 12, 2012
A 24-year-old woman hailing from Charthawal village created quite a sensation at the office of SP City, Muzaffarnagar, on last Thursday, when she accused her father-in-law, Mohammad Jabir, of repeatedly raping her. An obviously pregnant Sabina (name changed) was covered in a ‘burkha’ and appeared nervous, as she sought police intervention in the presence of local mediapersons.
Sabina claimed that her husband, Wasul, a small-time cloth merchant was mostly out of town, which had only emboldened the old man. However, hardly 24 hours after the drama, Sabina has gone missing and no one, including the police, has any clue on her whereabouts.
May 13, 2012
A young woman, whose name and age remains undisclosed, was said to have been beaten and stoned for wearing a “short dress” at a market place in the city of Rabat, reported North African news website Magharebia. It was not known when the incident had happened.
The assault was reportedly carried out by Salafists, an extremist group who in recent years are believed to have a link with Al-Qaeda. The attack reportedly came on the heels of an announcement made by Quran reciter Abu Zeid, who called for a particular day to be consigned to “chastity and modesty”, the report said.
May 21, 2012
Intisar Sharif Abdalla, believed to be between 15 and 17 years of age (although prison authorities claim she is 20) was sentenced to death in accordance with Article 146 of the Sudanese criminal law albeit without legal representation.
The judgment was made on May 13, 2012 after just one hearing and came after an “admission of guilt” plea following torture and brutal beatings by Sharif’s brother who instigated the case. Her co-accused however remains un-convicted and walks freely.
May 23, 2012
Afghanistan (ht/ thereligionofpeace)
Afghan officials say more than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned at a school in the northern Takhar Province. The attack was blamed on fundamentalist radicals who used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air at the school.
Many victims reportedly lost consciousness and were hospitalized. One of the children, Samera, told Reuters they originally thought the school’s water had been poisoned. MoreHERE.
May 26, 2012
Afghanistan (h/t to Jaye)
A brain drain of bright young women is already taking place in Afghanistan before the 2014 handover that many fear will mean a reversal of advances in women’s rights.
The lack of commitment by the Afghan government to equality and to tackling the high rates of ill-treatment of women in the home and in the workplace is raising real fears they will be at the bottom of the political agenda in the push for power after Nato forces leave the country.