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Pedophilia in Afghanistan

Child brideA 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.

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Afghan Law Silences Female Victims of Violence

Girl in Afghanistan herding goats.A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called “honour” killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse.

The small but significant change to Afghanistan’s criminal prosecution code bans relatives of an accused person from testifying against them. Most violence against women in Afghanistan is within the family, so the law – passed by parliament but awaiting the signature of the president, Hamid Karzai – will effectively silence victims as well as most potential witnesses to their suffering.

“It is a travesty this is happening,” said Manizha Naderi, director of the charity and campaign group Women for Afghan Women. “It will make it impossible to prosecute cases of violence against women … The most vulnerable people won’t get justice now.”

Under the new law, prosecutors could never come to court with cases like that of Sahar Gul, a child bride whose in-laws chained her in a basement and starved, burned and whipped her when she refused to work as a prostitute for them. Women like 31-year-old Sitara, whose nose and lips were sliced off by her husband at the end of last year, could never take the stand against their attackers.

Read the rest:  Afghanistan Law Blocks Justice for Domestic Violence Victims.  (h/t to Jihad Watch)

Afghanistan, the pitiful Islamic hell-hole where women rank right above the goats and their illiterate husbands play with their dancing bacha bazi boys.

 

An American Bride in Kabul

American Bride in Kabul CoverAmong the great joys of writing a book is the discovery, as you go, of what it really is about. Rarely does an author know from the beginning what she will discover before it ends.

So it was for Phyllis Chesler, who set out to write An American Bride in Kabul as a memoir of her life as the young, Jewish-American wife of a wealthy Muslim in Kabul in the 1960s. By the time she’d finished, she’d penned something much more: an analysis of the plight of women in the Muslim world.

Chelser was a wide-eyed college student in 1961 when she met the man she calls Abdul-Kareem, scion of one of Afghanistan’s wealthiest families. He was charming, elegant, romantic, and Muslim. She was a bright young Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, eager for adventure, lured by the exotic. Abdul-Kareem offered both; and when he asked her to marry him and join him in his privileged life in his home country of Afghanistan, she joyously said “yes.”

But the fantasy she envisioned was nothing like what she found once they arrived at his family compound in Kabul.

 

Read the rest of the book review: Review of An American Bride in Kabul

Violent Crime Against Afghani Women Hits Record Levels

Violence against women in Afghanistan is on the rise.Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of the country’s human rights commission said this weekend — a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops prepare to withdraw.

Restoring women’s rights after the Taliban was ousted by a U.S.-led coalition of troops in 2001 has been frequently cited as one of the objectives of the war. Under Taliban rule, women were required to wear the head-to-toe covering burqa and barred from leaving their homes without being escorted by a male relative. Schools for girls were shut also down.

But advances towards greater freedoms for women in the country have been undermined by a worrying uptick in violence
The United Nations in December reported a 28 percent increase in cases of brutality against women for October 2012 through September 2013. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told Reuters that the severity of attacks on women had greatly intensified last year.

“The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape,” she said.

Read the rest: Violent Oppression of Women in Afghanistan is on the Rise.

Taliban Send 10-Year-Old Girl To Blow Herself Up

10-year-old girl suicide bomberSoldiers arrested the girl named as Spozhmay on Sunday night in a remote village called Uwshi and taken to Helmand’s capital Lashkar Gah to be interviewed.

The ten-year-old sister of a Taliban commander has been arrested wearing a suicide vest, it has been revealed.

Soldiers arrested the girl named as Spozhmay moments before she had planned to blow up local Afghan police.

The girl is being detained in Helmand Province and is thought to be one of the youngest recorded would-be suicide bombers to survive.

She was arrested on Sunday night in a remote village called Uwshi , in the Charchino Distric and taken to Helmand’s capital Lashkar Gah to be interviewed.

Sources say the girl, who was pictured eating an orange, claimed her Taliban brother had persuaded her to wear the vest – but she failed to blow it up.

It is thought her mission was to attack a police station and according to interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi an Afghan soldier spotted her wearing a suicide jacket.

But she could not operate the button to detonate the suicide vest and she was arrested before she could carry the attack.

Read the rest: Taliban Uses Ten-Year-Old Girl as Suicide Bomber.  (h/t to Frontpage Magazine)

The Muslim female child is expendable
so this jihadi thinks his action is commendable,
but he will find that a Divine Mind sees the evil of his deed
and will judge him a devil and banish him to hell for his creed.

 

Honor Killings: Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Canada

honor-killing-beheadingIraq

The practice of honor killing is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Iraqi culture, and there are signs that they are increasing and shifting from the countryside to cities.

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At the heart of the honor killing problem in Iraq is the disparity in treatment between men and women.  The gender gap is a part of Iraqi culture, and it is both founded on and sustained by the country’s laws and prevailing religious beliefs.

Afghanistan 
A young couple in conservative southern Afghanistan have been found beheaded, apparently killed for having a love affair outside of marriage, officials said on Wednesday.

Police investigating the case said they believed the family of the woman, aged around 20, was responsible for the murders in the southern province of Helmand, a lawless hotbed of the Taliban insurgency.  (h/t to Weasel Zippers)

Yemen

“Honour killings are a problem in Yemen, a deeply tribal and conservative country,” Ahmed al-Qureshi, Yemen’s most prominent child advocate and Head of Seyaj organization, told OnIslam.net.

Canada  

Honour crimes have been committed in Quebec in all communities and the government needs to act on the growing phenomenon, Quebec’s Conseil du statut de la femme said Wednesday as it released a report careful not to stigmatize any one group.
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More has to be done, the report says, to protect vulnerable women and girls subjected to genital mutilations, virginity testing, forced marriages and excessive control.

But of the 17 incidents identified as honour crimes in Canada since 1991 and examined in the report, all involved stabbing, strangulation, shooting and beating. They affected 26 victims, five of whom died, according to the 167-page report that makes seven recommendations to the government.

 

“The Patience Stone”

Actress Golshifteh Farahani’s character in “The Patience Stone”  never gets a name; she’s listed in the credits simply as “the woman.” She tends to her older husband’s comatose body in their ravaged home in Afghanistan, keeping him alive in spite of the bullet wound in his neck.

She feeds him sugar water through a tube. She cleans him, dipping a wash rag into a bowl of water, its surface rattled by nearby bomb blasts. She takes care of her two young daughters. She reads from the Quran. She cries and prays.

But mostly, she talks. “The Patience Stone” largely functions as a one-woman play, with Farahani soliloquizing over her husband’s body. The one-sided dialogue begins tentatively, in the form of prayer or pleading. “You’re the one wounded,” she tells him, “and I’m the one suffering.”

Eventually, she takes advantage of her war-hero-husband’s unresponsive state to spill her heart, a therapeutic act. She’s not the soldier, but she’s also lived her life, in a way, staring down the barrel of a gun. She was married young to the celebrated soldier — married, rather, in a grotesque bit of symbolism, to his dagger in the soldier’s absence — and ever since has been balanced on that knife’s edge to keep from falling out of favor with her husband and with society.

Read the rest of the review here. Watch the movie trailer here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XywUr9zBOWU

A Kafir Woman Novelist and the Taliban’s Revenge

Escape_From_Taliban_2004An Indian woman whose memoir about life under Taliban rule was turned into a Bollywood movie was shot dead Thursday by suspected members of the Islamist militia, officials said.

The killing of Sushmita Banerjee was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, adding to fears women’s rights in a country where many are barely allowed outside the house will face setbacks after U.S.-led foreign forces fully withdraw in 2014.

The militants arrived before dawn at Banerjee’s residence in eastern Paktika province, which lies in Afghanistan’s east — a region where the Taliban are especially influential. Her husband, Jaanbaz Khan, answered the door, only to be quickly bound and blindfolded, provincial police chief Gen. Dawlat Khan Zadran told The Associated Press.

The militants then dragged Banerjee outside, took her to a nearby road and shot her at least 15 times, Zadran said. Banerjee, who officials said was in her 40s, was buried Thursday morning, a relative told AP. She lived in Daygan Sorqala village, and was well-known as a medical worker in the area, with special training in gynecology, said the relative, Zafar Khan.

Taliban spokesmen did not answer phone calls seeking comment late Thursday.

Banerjee — who was from Kolkata, India — wrote “Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife.”  It later became the basis for the 2003 film “Escape from Taliban.“ 

The book described how she met Jaanbaz in India and agreed to marry him despite her parents’ disapproval and the fact that he was Muslim while she was Hindu. According to summaries of the book online, Banerjee moved to Afghanistan as Jaanbaz’s second wife, only to find that life would become unbearable with the Taliban increasing their hold over the country.

Read the rest here.

How dare a female, and a Kafir (who’s social position is lower than a woman’s, lower even than a Muslim slave), dare to publicly mock and insult the Taliban, the doctrinally pure male practioners of the sunnah of Mohammed? She had to pay the ultimate jizya.

Sushmita is a martyr for all Free Women, those who refuse to submit to a patriarchal tribal religious, cultural and political tyranny that classes women as chattel and has one set of ethics for them and another for us.

Afghan Singer Who Wants Women’s Rights Receives Death Threats

Aryana-SayeedJudges on TV talent shows always attract controversy for making or breaking the careers of desperate wannabes – but for a glamorous 28-year-old female singer, the job is also a fight for Afghanistan’s future.

Aryana Sayeed is a judge on worldwide hit series The Voice that launched in Kabul in May, immediately attracting huge audiences and an array of angry critics.

As a symbol of female independence in a strictly conservative Islamic country, Aryana receives regular death threats and lives in fear of being kidnapped by religious extremists.

On the set outside Kabul where the show is filmed for private channel Tolo TV, armed guards outnumber contestants and have machine guns held at the ready.

“I’m here to make a difference for women,” Aryana told AFP. “I want women to have rights, to talk freely, to walk freely, to be able to go shopping when they wish. I’m not saying that they have to take their clothes off, or even remove their head scarfs. Freedom is being able to live as a human being.”

As contestants belt out songs that could propel them to stardom, Aryana nods encouragingly and sways gently – acutely aware that her every move is studied across the country.

“I have to be so careful as they’re constantly checking what you are doing, what you are saying, even how you laugh,” she said.
Read the rest: Female Afghan Singer Advocates Women’s Rights, Faces Death Threats  

Bomb in Afghan Graveyard Kills 14 Women and Children

afghan_women_with_childrenA bomb planted in an Afghan graveyard killed 14 women and children on Thursday, many of them picnicking at the graveside of a family member during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, officials said.

The bomb exploded in a rural district of eastern Nangarhar province, said the provincial governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.

Nangarhar and its capital, Jalalabad, have been racked by a series of bombings and suicide attacks over the last week.

It is common in Afghanistan on the first day of Eid for people to pay their respects at the graves of loved ones. The victims were mainly from one family, Abdulzai said.

Three women and one child were wounded, he added.

Read more: Bomb in Afghan Graveyard Kills 14 Women and Girls.