Category Archives: Mali

Timbuktu Women Liberated from Jihadis by French

Map of MaliA 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

Women in Mali Arrested for Not Wearing Veils

Dead FlowersIn Islamist-controlled Timbuktu, a local official said dozens of women were arrested on Thursday by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) for not wearing veils.

“The Islamists were going into homes to arrest unveiled women,” he said.

The women were being “imprisoned” at a disused bank, a medical source added, as AQIM militants vowed to continue the crackdown in the city which they control with Islamist group Ansar Dine, saying “that nothing can prevent them from doing so”.

Read the rest: Women in Mali Arrested for Not Wearing Veils

The flowers of the Arab Spring are wilted and dying.

“Adultery of the tongue is speech” – Mali Girl Whipped for Speaking to Men

Woman with mouth taped shutA teenaged girl received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street.

The girl, about 15 years old, was allegedly caught standing alongside men by the Islamists of Ansar Dine who now run Timbuktu.

“The Islamists charged that the girl was warned five times by Islamist police but she continued to speak to men in the street. After the hearing, the Islamists gave 60 lashes to the girl. The population did not turn out in large numbers to attend this flogging,” said Ousmane Maiga, a Timbuktu resident contacted by phone from Bamako.

Read more: Girl in Mali Whipped for Speaking to Men.

Islamic sharia law says that women can’t speak to men who are not their immediate relatives.  From the Reliance of the Traveller, r32.6:

It is offensive for a male to speak without need to a young women who is not a member of his unmarriageable kin      . . . all of which likewise holds for a young woman’s speaking to a man who is not a member of her unmarriageable kin.  The prohibition of these is due to the Prophet’s having said (Allah bless him and give him peace), “The adultery of the tongue is speech.”


And there is this from the Reliance, m2.3:

Being alone with a woman who is not one’s wife or unmarriageable kin is absolutely unlawful, though if there are two women and a man, the man and the women are no longer considered alone.

Mali Women No Longer Free

To avoid being whipped, mutilated, and jailed, womeMasked Militant in Malin in Timbuktu now have to wear black veils and loose-fitting clothing. Radical Islamists, who took control of the city months ago, are laying down their law – Sharia law – and for the first time since they’ve arrived, they’re specifically targeting women.

 Over the past few weeks, Islamists from two armed groups – Ansar Dine and Mujao, who took over northern Mali in April – have increasingly made use of corporal punishment against the local population. This includes whipping, amputations, and even stoning people to death who do not obey Sharia law.

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Four days ago, in the markets and at the hospital, Islamists began to ask women to cover their heads entirely [Editor’s Note: many women wore light veils that showed some of their hair]. In a message broadcast on the radio on Thursday, they also announced that women were no longer allowed outside after 11 p.m. Since then, the Islamist fighters that patrol the streets have been monitoring the women, and they hit women who don’t obey this new rule with their sticks.

 Until now, many women in Timbuktu wore light veils that covered part of their hair. But the cloth, often white, was quite transparent. The Islamists have decided women should wear a much larger veil that covers their ears, and that it has to be black. They also banned tight clothes that many of the young women wear.

The Islamists announced that any woman who disobeys their rules will have her ears cut off and be sent to a new, all-female prison.

Read more: Women in Mali Face Beating For Not Wearing Veil.
From the Jakarta Globe, Women Suffer Behind Veil of Silence in Mali’s North:

It was just six months ago that Toula, a young woman from Gao in northeastern Mali, could swim and do her laundry in the nearby Niger River. Not anymore.

Since late March, her dusty desert town and others like it across Mali’s massive north have been under the control of hardline Islamists who have imposed tough sharia law.

“These barbarians have refused everything. They don’t want to see girls bathing,” says Toula who, like other residents, asked her last name not be used.

The freedoms formerly enjoyed by Toula and other women in Gao, previously one of the region’s most cosmopolitan and lively towns, disappeared almost overnight. Most noticeably, women are now forced to wear the hijab, a broad scarf that covers the entire head and neck but leaves the face exposed. “I can’t stand how I am at the moment, covered in a veil from head to toe. It’s as if I was in prison,” 15-year-old Aicha said.

“We are no longer free. That’s all there is to it. Nobody for the moment wants to free us,” Toula said.

So Mali becomes like Afghanistan and women become chattel under sharia law.  So sad.

FGM Again (and Again)

Blood from Female Genital MutilationBaby from Australia Victim of FGM.

Muslim parents flew from [Western] Australia to Bali to have baby genitally cut.

Read the rest: Police Investigate Baby Genital Mutilation.

Sheik in Australia Arrested for Genital Cutting

A Sydney [Australia] sheikh has appeared in court in relation to the alleged genital mutilation of two children.

Sheikh Shabbir Vaziri, 56, who police sources say is part of a lesser-known branch of Islam, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of female genital mutilation and hindering investigation of a serious indictable offence.

Police will allege the two girls had the procedure, which is also known as female circumcision, performed on them in NSW when they were aged six and seven within the past 18 months.

Three other people have been charged over the alleged genital mutilation.

Read the rest: Australian Sheik in Court for Female Genital Mutilation Read more here.  Sheik told his community to lie about the widespread practice of FGM.  Update here.   More women charged, bringing the number to 8.  See article here.

Egypt: FGM is Cultural, not Religious

Let’s get something clear first: the problem with female circumcision in Egypt has absolutely nothing to do with religion. Even though practitioners often believe the practice has some sort of religious support, religious leaders of both Islam and Christianity have openly and officially condemned it.

Female circumcision is purely cultural; it is thought to have existed in ancient Egypt, Ethiopia, and Greece, and therefore the practice transcends religion.

Its practitioners look at it as a fundamental part of their culture and identity and perceive it as a part of their religious duties.

Read the rest: FGM in Egypt.

Yes, Hannah, FGM is cultural.  However, according to the sunnah of Mohammed, it is accepted but not obligatory.

FGM and Spousal Abuse in Mali

Women who underwent genital cutting as young girls may be at increased risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse from their husband, a study of women in Mali suggests.

The study, of nearly 7,900 women, found that 22 percent of those with genital mutilation said they’d been physically abused by a husband or male partner. That compared with 12 percent of women who’d never been subjected to the procedure.
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It’s well-known that genital cutting has long-term consequences for women – including sexual dysfunction, childbirth complications, incontinence and psychological disorders.

In the new study, researchers looked at whether there’s a link between genital mutilation and a woman’s odds of suffering abuse from her partner.

Read the rest: FGM Victims More Likely to Suffer Spousal Abuse.  

So could it be that the physically abused ‘inferior’ women were legally beaten by their husbands according to Islamic sharia law?

The Global Scourge of FGM

Check this article to see what’s happening around the world: FGM Special Report

Taliban-like Misogyny on the Rise around the World

Girl VictimThe Taliban misogynist mentality is a reflection of the degree of adherence to Sharia law, based on the doctrine of Islam as found in the Koran and the Sunna, the example of Mohammed.

The Taliban misogynist mentality is alive and well, and in fact it is thriving and mushrooming globally.

A group of village elders, all men, conducted a council meeting to enact important social policies. The decrees they passed include: Women under age 40 are banned from going out shopping. Girls must wear head scarves in public. Girls are not allowed to use cellphones. Marriages that are not based on parental arrangements are banned. Women under 40 are banned from going out after sunset.

This might seem like Afghanistan under Taliban rule in the late 1990s.

However, this is, in fact, India in 2012.
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Rape and gang rape of career women in Delhi have reached near epidemic proportions. Shockingly, the victims are usually blamed for the rape because of what they were wearing and the time of night they ventured out, many to head home from jobs or universities at odd hours.
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The Taliban misogynist mentality is alive and well, and in fact it is thriving and mushrooming globally. In northern Mali, Islamic militants have taken over, and the first set of fatwas has targeted women: They must cover up, and they must not venture outside, even to go to the market.
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Misogyny, of course, is as old as time itself. However, we live in modern times when universal norms for human rights and gender equality are to be respected, and violations are not to be tolerated. The global trends we are seeing in enacting new local laws and fatwas, and moral policing, that perpetuate misogynist attitudes and policies as well as violence against girls and women only point to one thing: We are experiencing a second, broader wave of “talibanization” of societies in different parts of the world, something I refer to as “Taliban 2.0.”

Read the rest: Taliban Ideology Against Women on the Rise in World.  


Pregnant Teen in Mali Lashed 100 Times for Illegitimate Child

A Muslim Woman Being Caned An 18-year-old pregnant woman and her boyfriend were both lashed 100 times by Islamists in Timbuktu in Mali as punishment for “having a child out of wedlock.”

The sentence was carried out on the orders of Ansar Dine, a militant Muslim organisation that has seized territory in the desert north of the West African country.

“People were watching it was like a show,” said Mohamed Ould Babby, a local official.

“I was there, I saw the youths arriving at the square, I saw them being whipped, it is the first time I have seen something like that.” The woman, who was three months pregnant, has another child with her partner but the couple is not married.

According to Ansar Dine’s strict interpretation of Islamic laws, that means the pair have committed the crime of “fornication”, which is punishable with 100 lashes.

An Islamic police official in the town said six other women who had had children outside of marriage would soon be “punished by Islamic law”.

Read the rest: Mali Teen Lashed for Having Child Out of Wedlock.

This is sharia law in practice.  Ain’t it grand?