Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan (MSP) is issuing an appeal for action by releasing an investigative report detailing forced marriages and conversions of Christian girls and women in Pakistan.
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The prevalence of forced conversion and marriage are difficult to accurately estimate due to reporting deficiencies and the complex nature of the crime. Estimates therefore range from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls every year (conservative estimates for Hindu girls are on the order of 300 per year).
MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 — are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party.
Read the rest: Report on Forced Conversions to Islam and Forced Marriages Read the full report on forced marriages and forced conversions to Islam in Pakistan.
A rise in the number and frequency of “honor killings” in this coastal territory has political and religious leaders wondering how many more young women must be killed by their families before the desired level of honor is attained.
Over the last three years the number of such killings has increased sharply, doubling twice since 2011.
Local Imams and Hamas officials say that the killings are necessary to preserve the honor of a girl’s family when she enters a relationship that might or might not be romantic, but has definitely not been approved by the other males in her life, because a girl cannot be trusted to make her own decisions.
A girl or woman who defies the will of those male relatives shames the family, and the honor of the family can then only be maintained when one or more of those males kills the woman.
Read the rest: How Many Women Must Die in the Name of Honor?
And this is the land that Medea Benjamin and Code Pink women defend! Shame, shame on them.
In a controversial move, the Iraqi parliament is set to legalize the age of marriage for girls as young as 9 years old and prohibits the marriage of non-Muslim women unless it is temporary.
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The Civilized Debate, an organization that defends the civil and human rights of Iraqis through debates reported on its website that there were 6 deaths and 200 cases of divorces of young girls who were married off as minors last year.
Read the rest: Iraq to Legalize Marriage of 9-Year-Old Girls
It seems the Shia influence in Iraq is pulling the country toward the Iranian model of a totally sharia compliant government. I feel so sorry for the Iraqi women.
The recent burning and beheading of female victims in Thailand’s southern Muslim provinces marks a renewed campaign of terror by insurgent groups, according to a Human Rights Watch statement released today.
At least three Thai Buddhist women have been killed and mutilated by insurgents since February, according to HRW.
“Southern insurgents are killing Buddhist women and spreading terror by beheading and burning their bodies,” Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, said in the statement.
Such attacks are carried out for two reasons, said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher on Thailand at HRW.
Attacks involving mutilation are intended to send a message of “terror” to scare Thai Buddhists into leaving Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, or are carried out as “retaliation” for extrajudicial killings committed by Thai security forces, he said.
“Claims by separatist groups that they are retaliating against government abuses are no justification for attacks on civilians,” said Adams.
Read the rest here. http://www.ucanews.com/news/burnings-and-beheadings-strike-fear-in-south-thailand/70644
When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.
“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.
Matea didn’t want her full name published.
“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”
Read the rest: Woman Converts to Islam and Faces Discrimination in Worship.
There won’t be any Muslim woman like Rosa Parks to change the mosque apartheid. The discrimination of women is built into Islamic doctrine and is the pivot of the tribal Islamic culture of honor/shame. In fact, if the ideology is taken to the extreme, this is what the society looks like.
This is not a spoof. This is the Islamic doctrine taken to its (il)logical conclusion in the Pakistani honor/shame misogynistic tribal society.
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded their 192nd meeting on Thursday with the ruling that women are un-Islamic and that their mere existence contradicted Sharia and the will of Allah. As the meeting concluded CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani noted that women by existing defied the laws of nature, and to protect Islam and the Sharia women should be forced to stop existing as soon as possible. The announcement comes a couple of days after CII’s 191st meeting where they dubbed laws related to minimum marriage age to be un-Islamic.
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Officials told Khabaristan Today that the council members deliberated over various historic references related to women and concluded that each woman is a source of fitna http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/348387-what-is-the-meaning-of-fitna and a perpetual enemy of Islam. They also decided that by restricting them to their subordinate, bordering on slave status, the momineen and the mujahideen can ensure that Islam continues to be the religion of peace, prosperity and gender equality.
Read the rest: Women Defy Islam Just by Existing (h/t to American Thinker)
Two girls were murdered couple of weeks ago in the name of Karo-kari [honor killing] over marrying guys of their own choosing. The jirga (a court of elders) in its judgment ordered the boys to pay a fine of Rs2.4 million each to escape meeting the same fate.
Read more: Honor Killing of Two Girls in Pakistan. More on the Honor Killing in Pakistan
A Saudi Arabia man accused of trying to strangle his daughter for being with a man he disapproved of is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s this afternoon.
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It’s alleged Alshaek attacked the woman, who is around 20, at Ches’s Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant on Freshwater Road on Thursday. He reportedly had his hands around the woman’s neck, leaving marks. He also reportedly threatened to kill the girl and her boyfriend.
Read the rest: Attempted Honor Killing in Saudi Arabia.
A woman died at a hospital on Tuesday from wounds suffered in a brutal beating by her husband and in-laws, police said.
“Saima, a resident of Allama Iqbal Colony, was beaten up on March 19, 2014 for not bringing in enough dowry,” D-Type Colony Station House Officer (SHO) Muhammad Usman told The Express Tribune.
He said the 26-year-old woman had been treated at Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, where she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.
“Saima had more than 21 body injuries according to the doctors treating her,” he said.
Read the rest: Honor Killing for Stingy Dowry.
The Jordanian Women’s Union, along with lawyers across the Hashemite Kingdom, expressed shock last week after a ruling discriminating against women who do not wear the Islamic hijab was issued by the Amman Sharia Court of Appeal, according to Al Medanah News.
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According to the fatwa, which the court’s decision was based on, women who aren’t covered up are “sluts,” and that gives those women a bad name. Furthermore, the court was unable to support this fatwa apart from with something written in the introduction of a book by Egyptian Islamic Theologian Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi.
Read the rest: Jordanian women called sluts for not wearing hijab
Actually Islamic law does not require women to wear a veil much less a burka and niqab. But because men cannot contain their lust when they see women’s hair and neck and arms and legs, women must guard themselves or be sexually harassed.
A new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be “married” away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families.
Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that conservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized and those that speak out are likely to be blamed themselves, regardless of age differences.
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The Taliban argue that restricting child marriages is “un-Islamic.” In their culture, it is perfectly acceptable to marry children or to promise them in marriage. Traditionally a girl may be betrothed, but the marriages are supposed to be delayed until puberty. However, this is not always respected. Also, early onset of puberty can occur in some girls, sometimes as young as eight.
Read the rest: Afghanistan and State-Sanctioned Pedophilia
A 16-year-old girl cried when she confronted her father and mother in court for pressuring her emotionally to sell her body for Dh16,000 in order to become rich and overcome poverty.
“My father sold my virginity because he wanted me to help our family not to stay poor anymore. He and my mother forced me to work in prostitution… I was coerced to yield because my father got angry when I first refused to sell my body,” said the tearful Pakistani teenager when she testified against her parents before the Dubai Court of First Instance.
The 16 year old stood face-to-face and testified about how her 38-year-old father, K.A., and her 35-year-old mother, S.K., exploited her sexually and coerced her [emotionally] to have sex with strangers.
With the parents looking down, the girl told presiding Judge Ezzat Abdul Lat: “We are poor and my father coerced me to come with him to Dubai… he told me that if I work in prostitution, we would become rich quickly. He first asked my mother to convince me, but I totally rejected. He became angry and spoke to me rudely. I was forced to accept because I was under severe emotional pressure especially when dad told me that we needed the money.”
Read the rest: Muslim Pakistani Parents Force Teen Daughter into Prostitution