Zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan. Are they defying the law, or enforcing it?
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On October 16 the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) confirmed one report: a woman in a car had been attacked, and acid was thrown in her face. There was widespread speculation that it was done as a means of punishment because the woman was wearing an “improper” hejab arranged to show too much of the hair and face beneath.
Hundreds of women in England are being recorded as victims of female genital mutilation every month, a landmark report indicates.
In April this year, hospitals in England were told to start recording cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) they identified.
The figures today are from the first batch of statistics collated and released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
They show that in the last six months, 1,746 cases of the crime were identified in English hospitals.
In September alone, there were 467 new cases where women had been subjected to FGM. This adds to a further 1,279 cases of women who already been identified by the NHS in the five months previously as having been subjected to FGM.
However it is feared the figures could simply be the ‘tip of the iceberg’, with the practice a largely ‘hidden crime’ .
POLICE chiefs are warning people to be on the lookout for youngsters being taken overseas for female genital mutilation over the half-term break.
Children in Bolton and across Greater Manchester might be vulnerable, police said, as adults often use school holidays to take young girls to Africa, Asia and the Middle East where the procedure, which has been illegal in the UK since 1985, is most prevalent.
The holy book is clear about what to do when you capture a city: “Put to the sword all the men in it”. As for the women and children, “You may take these as plunder for yourselves.”
This is pretty much the advice that the fighters of Islamic State (IS) seem to have followed in the Sinjar area of northern Iraq, peopled largely by members of the Yazidi faith, that the jihadists seized last month.
Reports by the UN and independent human-rights groups suggest that the invaders executed hundreds of Yazidi men and kidnapped as many as 2,000 women and children.
Any doubt as to the fate of these captives was dispelled by the latest issue of IS’s glossy English-language online magazine, Dabiq.
An article titled “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour” details religious justifications for reintroducing a practice that ended in all but a few Muslim countries more than a century ago.
It claims not only that the Koran, the sayings of the prophet and traditional Islamic law all endorse the enslavement of infidel women captured in wartime, but that the abandonment of this right has caused sin to spread; men are easily tempted to debauchery when denied this “legal” alternative to marriage.
Islamic State militants in Syria stoned to death a young woman who they had accused of committing adultery.
According to the Arabic language news site Al-Arabiya, the stoning took place in the eastern part of the Hama province. A gruesome video of the execution was published by the media sources of the Islamic State (see below).
The video shows the victim’s father standing next an Islamic State member while facing his daughter. Using a pleasant, gentle tone, the militant explains to the woman that she is being punished for the crime of adultery.
The Islamic State member then asks the father if he’s willing to forgive his daughter. The father refuses adamantly. Turning to his daughter he adds, “I’m not your father.”
The militant again tries to convince the father to forgive his daughter before she is stoned to death, but he refuses. The daughter pleads with her father to forgive her, only to be told by him, “Don’t call me father.” In the end, the father only agrees to say, “Allah will forgive.
The authorities in East Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province [Indonesia] adopted a bylaw that allows polygamy upon payment of a million rupees (just over 80 dollars) to the local treasury department.
This has sparked controversy and an animated discussion among Indonesians. Although morally accepted under Islam – which allows up to four wives – polygamy in modern Indonesia “is not considered a common practice.”
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In the past ten years though, a radical change has occurred under the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Although he has remained a one-wife man, he has been unwilling or unable to stop polygamy from making a comeback in the country, especially in the government itself.
Indeed, some of his government ministers, from pro-Islamic parties, are polygamous, and the president has done nothing to prevent it. However, what happened in East Lombok has aspects and peculiarities that make it “different” from what normally happens.
In fact, not only is polygamy “approved from a moral and legal point of view” but also it is seen a source of revenue.
Human Rights Watch last week called on the kingdom to make clear what steps it was taking to ensure that women are included in international competitions and able to participate in sports generally. Saudi Arabia failed to field women athletes at the recent Asian Games after it was forced by the IOC to allow all of two expatriate women to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.
The degree to which Saudi Arabia feels pressured by increasingly unsustainable restrictions on women’s sports was evident in Saudi responses to criticism. Rather than point to the kingdom’s long-standing denial of women’s rights rooted in culture and justified by a puritan interpretation of Islam, Mohammed al-Mishal, the secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic Committee, said that Saudi Arabia did not have women athletes who would have qualified for the 2014 Asian Games.
Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa director Sarah Leah Whitson dismissed Mr. Al-Mishal’s defence as excuses. “Two years after the London Olympics, the time for excuses is over – Saudi Arabia needs to end its discrimination against women and ensure women’s right to participate in sport on an equal basis with men… Limiting women’s participation to specific sports is yet another example of Saudi Arabia’s refusal to allow women to compete on an equal basis with men,” Ms. Whitson said.
Despite the restrictions, Saudi Arabia has taken small steps towards expanding women’s ability to engage in sports. The country’s Shura Council, a consultative assembly, has urged the education ministry to study the possibility of introducing physical education for girls in public schools. The move could lead to a lifting of the ban on female sports in public schools.
So the Saudi Shura council is urging the education ministry “to study the possibility of introducing P.E. for girls.
Is it possible that the Saudi girls can keep their virginity, modesty, and honor when they exercise? How far will this “urging” go? They better be careful. Exercise might lead to the Saudi women driving cars.
UPDATE: Saudi Girls’ School Defies Religious Ban on Physical Exercise
A man killed his wife and injured his daughter in Chak 88/10-R in the suburbs of Khanewal, police said on Thursday.
A police spokesman said Imran Baloch, a labourer, was unhappy at the birth of his second daughter, 35 days ago.
He said Baloch often quarrelled with Hameeda Bibi, his wife, after the child was born. He said on Thursday, he again quarrelled with her and slit her throat. The spokesman said he also attacked his two-year-old daughter. The woman died on the spot and the child was rushed to DHQ hospital in a serious condition.
A 12-year-old rape victim and her mother were saved by journalists and civil society activists on Wednesday after they set themselves on fire at Multan Press Club.
The girl, Samina*, had been protesting with her family including her mother in front of the Multan Press Club. She said she was raped by an 18-year-old son of a land lord on September 18. She said she had registered an FIR against him but the police took no action.
Samina said some policemen were claiming that was this was a family dispute.
The girl, a resident of Basti Ghaaghra in Muzafarabad, started protesting at the Multan Press Club with nearly a dozen members of her family, including her mother, early in the morning.
They chanted slogans against police and called on the government to take notice of the injustice.
During the protest, Samina and her mother doused themselves with petrol and set themselves alight.