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Old 04-25-2011, 07:23 PM
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Pakistani Gang-Rape Victim 'Shocked' At Acquittals In Case

Mukhtar Mai (file photo)

April 22, 2011
The Pakistani woman whose fight for justice following a gang rape shot her to international fame has expressed shock at a Supreme Court ruling acquitting five men accused of the crime, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.

Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped in 2002 on the orders of a Punjab village assembly of elders, or Panchayat, to settle an honor dispute after her younger brother was accused of a relationship with a woman from a powerful family in the village.

Her subsequent fight to bring her attackers to justice attracted widespread media attention and put a spotlight on the plight of women in Pakistan.

On April 21, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of a lower court that acquitted five men accused in the crime and sentenced a sixth to life imprisonment. Eight other men initially accused of the crime were acquitted in a previous court ruling.

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL in Islamabad today, Mai described the court decision as disappointing.

"I was shocked over the decision," she said. "I was confident the court would decide in my favor. I don't trust the judiciary any more. I no longer believe that the judiciary is different than the police."

Asked about whether she planned to continue in her fight for justice, Mai said she couldn't see any way to do so following the Supreme Court decision.

Mai had appealed to the Supreme Court in 2005, challenging the decision of a local court that acquitted the five accused.

She said the Supreme Court kept her waiting for five years, but could not provide her justice.

"Tell me [what to do now]," she said. "If I send an application to the president [of Pakistan], he will send it back to them [Supreme Court judges]. I need justice, tell me which court in Pakistan can provide justice to me."

Helping The Poor

Mai, who hails from the small village of Meerwala in southern Punjab, expressed her gratitude to the human rights organizations, media, and people in her neighborhood who she said have supported her throughout.

Mai now runs a school that she opened for the children of poor people in her village and she supervises several other small projects.

Asked about her social activities, Mai said she was struggling to bring positive changes in the lives of poor people.

"I established a school in 2002 and only four girls were initially admitted there. But now the number has mounted to 650," Mai said.

"And today is the third day that some girls of the same school have been admitted to college [after completing their studies at the school]. This is a big change, because here [in the village] there were no literate people."
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Money is not the root of all evil, the love of money is. Hence mankind's desire for it is the root of all evil.
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Originally Posted by hworta View Post
Money is not the root of all evil, the love of money is. Hence mankind's desire for it is the root of all evil.
I don't believe it. I'd love to have more money, I have various other desires as well, on the other hand I can think of a no. of terrorists who live in rather austere conditions. I think the only desire that leads to evil by itself is the desire to force one's beliefs on others, whether it be communism, religion, pol. cultism or anything. Money and power lead to evil but only subjectively.
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Arrow Wealthy Saudis Purchase Sex Slaves - Girls Ages 5-12

Wealthy Saudis Purchase Sex Slaves - Girls Ages 5-12
Yes folks, what’s happening in the Islamic world is far worse than anything happening in the Catholic Church where pedophilia is concerned, because Islam approves of adult-child sexual relations. In many Muslim countries they call it marriage, but we call it rape, the sexual abuse of minors. This institutionalized form of rape was sanctioned by the founder of Islam, and central to the question of why it’s still tolerated in the Islamic world today. KGS

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Little girls end up as sex slaves for Saudis

Aftenposten: Girl Children between five and 12 years old are sold to wealthy men in Saudi Arabia, where they are held as sex slaves. When they reach maturity, and many are thrown on the street and they end quickly as a prostitute.

Save the Children appeal to the Norwegian and Swedish ministers take up the issue with their Saudi counterparts, and asks private companies to take up the exploitation of children when they hit their business.

- I am not surprised by the information about the existence of such traffic to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region, particularly in light of that marriage with children is widespread and accepted, “said Sannah Johnson, regional director of the Middle East for the Swedish Save the Children.

A well-organized network of traffickers supplying the Arab market with child brides from the North African country of Mauritania, says U.S. diplomats. Retrieved as sex slaves in their thousands from Yemen, in addition to that there is an extensive sex industry in Yemen offering sex with minors to rich men from the Gulf states, the Wikileaks documents and Aftenposten Bergens Tidende has access to.
7. April 2009

An engaged woman meets an American diplomat in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott. The day after the diplomat writes a report back to Washington. To start it:

“There is an increase in reports of trafficking of child brides to Saudi Arabia. The girls, usually between five and 12 years old, married off to wealthy Saudi men in exchange for hefty price tags for brides. As soon as they arrive in Saudi Arabia, they become sex slaves of their husbands. “

The engaged woman named Aminetou Mint El Moctar. Completely on their own, she has started a campaign to get the authorities in Mauritania to take the problem seriously. She will not even answer his letters and asks why the United States take up the issue internationally. At the U.S. embassy, ​​she finds one that finally listens.

Large sums of money
Aminetou Mint El Moctar says that traffickers seek out poor families to get them to marry off their daughters to wealthy Saudis. The younger girls are, the higher the price. A child bride can be paid with 5 – 6 million in the local currency ouguiya, equivalent to around 120 000. Local travel agencies, which in reality is a network of traffickers, organized traffic. The local agent receives a bonus paid by the girls’ future husbands. Amount of which depends on the girls’ age and beauty.

The embassy memo further states that “barnebrudene, as soon as they arrive in Saudi Arabia, the sex slaves of their husbands.” Aminetou explained that the girls, as they reach puberty and become pregnant, no longer of interest to their husbands. “They rolled on the street, and since they do not have any network, they have no other choice than to be prostitute.”

Officials from the U.S. embassy tells of a girl who for three years was locked in a room where she met with someone other than her Saudi husband and his maid. They also refer to an article in the Radio France International with a diploma from seven-year-old Mulheri exposed to traffickers and sold to Saudi Arabia.

At the same time victims of trafficking in danger of being prosecuted in Saudi Arabia. Mint El Moctar told diplomats that around 30 Mauritanian women are sentenced to imprisonment in Saudi Arabia to be a prostitute, even though they are victims of trafficking.

Mauritania has long refused to recognize the problem. Faced with U.S. diplomats have a representative of Mauritania Justice Department argued that “the trafficking of Mauritanian women do not exist and that human trafficking to Saudi Arabia is not possible because the country’s laws require that a woman can only travel accompanied by male family members.”

Death threats
According to the embassy note has Aminetou Mint El Moctar told she has “received death threats and she is called” liar, a crazy woman and a traitor who destroy Mauritania reputation. “

Aminetou Mint El Moctar was honored last year by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just for his work against human trafficking and to put the problem of child brides on the agenda of the African country.

U.S. publishes reports on human trafficking in every country. About Saudi Arabia says the latest report from 2010:

“Many Saudis, including some representatives of government, continues to deny that some types of human trafficking takes place, particularly in cases involving sexual exploitation.”

Closed countries
Sanna Johnson in Swedish Save the Children lead the organization’s activities in the Middle East from his office in Beirut. She says that independent organizations can not escape to Saudi Arabia and that the country is very closed.

- We know well that the child workers and domestic workers are as good as legal rights in the country. They have no rights. The Kingdom has suggested that professionals employed in hospitals where women who have been victims of abuse, be received. This means that the government acknowledges that the problem exists, “says Johnson.

- There are things that are not acceptable as marriage of minors. It must be highlighted. I think the governments of Norway and Sweden should take it up with their Saudi counterparts, when the opportunity presents itself. But I also think private companies should take it up with their business partners in the country, “said Johnson.

- The large companies, such as in the arms industry, can have an extremely large impact, “she said.

Gift for a while
Johnson also refers to the widespread practice of so-called temporary marriages in the Arab countries. To circumvent the ban on sex outside marriage, included men in these countries temporary marriages with girls and young women from several countries.

There is also some evidence that the practice of child brides is becoming a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia’s quasi-rooms. Many of its citizens deplore the practice. A few examples are discussed in the country’s media:

A local judge in the town of Nejd in 2008 refused to overturn a marriage between an eight-year-old girl and her husband for fifty years. The girl’s father sold her to settle its debt to the man. A higher court granted a divorce in April 2009.

The government-affiliated Commission on Human Rights in Saudi Arabia was able to void a marriage between a 10 year old girl and a 60-year-old man.

A court in Bisha issued in October 2008, a divorce document to end a marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 70 year old man.

In January 2009, won an 11-year-old girl presented with a case to get a marriage annulled by a 75-year-old man, held by the girl’s 70 year old father.

Sex tourism

In Saudi Arabia neighboring Yemen is the problem of sex tourism, human interest and child brides formidable. It attracted international attention when the 12 year-old Fawzia Abdullah Yousef died in childbirth 11 September 2009. She was married to a 24-year-old, only 11 years old.

According to a note from the Embassy of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, about 25 percent of all girls in the country married before the age of 15 years. Yemeni authorities have, to the United States, expressed frustration over how little Saudi Arabia is doing to combat human trafficking from Yemen to Saudi Arabia.

According to an embassy memo, thousands of children each year in Saudi Arabia, “where they face abuse and harsh living conditions.”

Local human rights groups say it was long common for Saudi Arabia imprisoned minors, and minors must also have been were decapitated. Since 2008, Saudi Arabia, however, returned several minors to Yemen, instead of taking them into custody.

That rich tourists from the Gulf states travel to Yemen to buy sex, is a public secret in Yemen. Underage prostitute working out of many of the hotels in the country.

The embassy memo states that “Saudi men travel to Yemen to establish relations with underage prostitute, sometimes in the form of temporary marriage.” One source says he knows of “at least three instances where Saudi men have married Yemeni women and then force them into prostitution in Saudi Arabia.”
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Bangladeshi Islamists Stew as Court Tries to Protect Women

Dhaka, May 12 (IANS) Bangladesh's Supreme Court Thursday ruled against 'fatwa' (Islamic religious edict) being issued as punishment against hapless women.

The Supreme Court modified a High Court verdict of 2001, saying that no person can pronounce it (fatwa).

It said "no punishment including physical violence or mental torture in any form can be imposed or implicated on any body in pursuance of fatwa," Star Online, website of The Daily Star reported.

The apex court said fatwa on religious matter may be given by the "properly educated persons", which may be "accepted only voluntarily, but any coercion or undue influence in any form is forbidden".

A six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haque gave the verdict.

On Jan 1, 2001, the high court declared all punishments imposed in the name of fatwa illegal.

The high court verdict had led to violent protests by the Muslim clergy. It was challenged and the apex court had then stayed it.

Human rights organisations like Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and Ain O Salish Kendra argued against fatwa.

The apex court too invited opinions, particularly from the Muslim clergy that wanted that fatwa be allowed and not be made subject to legal scrutiny.

Human rights bodies in Bangladesh say fatwa is frequently issued at the level of local mosques to settle marital disputes and cases of rape, the ruling being weighed against women.

Bangladesh witnessed a public outcry recently when a minor girl was raped and the local clergy issued a fatwa, subjecting her to lashing. She died during the flogging.

The case is pending before the high court that censured the clergy, the police and the hospital administration.

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Christian student kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim; police do nothing

Another day, another story of Muslims persecuting Christians in Pakistan. A whole lot of people sure missed the memo about Islam's tolerance, didn't they? That is the only conclusion available to those who still believe Islam applies a standard of tolerance comparable to the expectations of the Western tradition.

As for this case, we might hear it is un-Islamic because "there is no compulsion in religion" (Qur'an 2:256). But Islamic law is rife in letter and spirit with subtle and not-so-subtle means of coercion. After a certain point, the lines between persuasion and compulsion become blurred, and those doing the compelling could care less, because it is difficult, if not dangerous, to challenge those wielding power on where the distinction lies.

"Punjab: Christian student nurse forced to convert to marry Muslim man," by Jibran Khan for Asia News, May 12:
Lahore (AsiaNews) – A 24-year Christian woman from southern Punjab was abducted by a Muslim man who, after forcing her to convert to Islam, also forced her to marry him. Although her family filed a formal report of kidnapping, the police did not act immediately, either to stop the abduction or to arrest the culprits. Likewise, her family has gone to court to get her released to no avail; the young student nurse remains in fact in the hands of her kidnappers. This, according to a local priest, is part of an “alarming” trend in anti-Christian violence. He is, to put it mildly, “disappointed by the behaviour of local authorities”. A human rights activist confirms that the region of Pakistan where the woman lives is a “safe haven for extremists” who perpetrate abuses and kidnappings “with total impunity”.
Farah Hatim, 24, from Rahim Yar Khan, a town in southern Punjab, was training to be a nurse at the Sheikh Zaid Medical College, working in the orthopaedic ward. Last Sunday, she was kidnapped as she crossed Jinnah Park, which is located near the college where she worked.
Her kidnapper is Zeehan Iliyas, a young Muslim man working as an office boy at a local branch of the United Bank Ltd. With the help his brothers Imram and Gulfam, he abducted the young woman, ordering her to convert to Islam and marry him.
Islamic law allows for Muslim men to marry Christian women, but this added step of making her convert helps to put her legally out of the reach of her Christian family's attempts to rescue her.
“This [Muslim] family has a history of kidnapping young Christian women and forcing them to convert,” said Bilquees Marriam, Farah’s mother, adding that they act with impunity because they are backed by a local Member of the National Assembly, who belongs to the ruling party.
The woman and her other six children went to the police to file the abduction report, but the duty officer refused to take a First Information Report (FIR).
The day after the kidnapping, the local Christian community rallied around the kidnapped woman’s family and began protesting against the violence against her and the complicity of local law enforcement. Initially, police tried to disperse the crowd but following the intervention of the superintendent of police, a FIR application was accepted and an investigation was launched.
However, the delay gave Farah Hatim’s kidnappers time to take the young woman to a district court under duress so that she could state that she had converted to Islam and would marry Zeehan Iliyas.
The judge, who failed to cross-examine the woman, especially with regards to the wounds to her body, simply accepted her statement as “valid”.
Zahid Hussain, the Hatim family lawyer, slammed the gross violation of the Farah’s rights and the faulty legal procedures. He said that when “someone makes a statement before a court, the judge must question the applicant alone in order to determine whether his or her decision was made under duress or by consent. In this case, the courtroom was full of people, including those who actively took part in her abduction and assault. The judge also ignored her wounds. [. . .] All this shows that she was forced to sign the statement”.
Last Tuesday, Farah’s family filed a second complaint, which the police has so far failed to pursue.
“Southern Punjab is a safe haven for extremists,” said Rizwan Paul, head of the human rights organisation ‘Life for All’. Indeed, local authorities and police are more interested in “protecting offenders” than in justice.
“We have highlighted several cases of forced conversions and brought it to the attention of the authorities, but they have turned a deaf ear to our complaints,” he said.
“It is a sad incident,” said Fr Sohail John, parish priest at Rahim Yar Khan. “We strongly condemn the kidnapping and the forced conversion. We are disappointed over the response of the local authorities. It is alarming that [. . .] the Punjab government has failed to protect the minorities” and is instead “protecting the culprit”.
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UK MUSLIM says, “I’m gonna send that kaffir (infidel) bitch straight to hell.”

And he did! White teenage mother stabbed to death and dumped in canal after having baby with married Muslim.

This girl was a slut, but let her be a lesson to any other white girl thinking of getting involved with any Muslim man.

UK DAILY MAIL (H/T to all who sent it in) -A white teenage mother was stabbed repeatedly and her body dumped in a canal after she clashed with the Muslim family of her lovechild, a court has heard. Laura Wilson, 17, had a brief relationship with Ishaq Hussain, 22, who lived close to her before giving birth to their daughter in June last year.

Sheffield Crown Court was told that Hussain failed to acknowledge the child as his own and did not offer any support, leading to friction between Laura, her family and Hussain. Things came to a head last October when she went to Hussain’s house and told his family he was the father of the child, prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC said.

Hussain and his friend, who also had an affair with her and was said to be her first love, plotted to kill her, it is alleged. They adopted the language of the cult British film ‘Four Lions’ about Islamic terrorists and mounted a ‘mission to kill Laura Wilson’, said Mr Campbell. Asghar allegedly sent a text message to Hussain which said: ‘I’m gonna send that kaffir bitch straight to hell.’ ’She was a loose cannon and they had to get rid of her,’ he said.

Hussain, of Ferham Road, Rotherham, and Ashtiaq Asghar, also from Rotherham, deny murdering Miss Wilson some time between October 8 and October 11 last year.The teenage student went missing from her home in Holmes and her body was found two days later in a canal. Mr Campbell told the jury: ‘The two defendants are jointly responsible for her murder.’

Mr Campbell said Hussain continued to ignore the daughter as his. ’Laura Wilson wasn’t seeking a relationship being in love with Asghar she was seeking some support for her daughter.’ . He was also annoyed that Laura had threatened to ‘grass’ him to his family. Laura then took matters in to her own hands and went to see the Asghar and Hussain families to tell all.

Laura told Asghar’s mother she loved her son and ‘wanted to have babies’ by him but the mother became angry and hit Laura with a shoe. She said he would never have a baby with a white girl and called her ‘a dirty white bitch who opens her legs.’ Laura then saw Hussains’s family and told them she had given birth to his baby.

In the language of the film Asghar said: ‘I will make a show and make some beans on toast’ – a reference to the carnage after a bomb blast, said Mr Campbell. It was clear the references to ‘unbelieving kaffir b*****ds’ referred to the ‘mission’ to kill Laura.
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Muslim Women Reformers
Inspiring voices against oppression
by Jamie Glazov

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Ida Lichter, an Australian psychiatrist who was based in London for many years. She became interested in the Muslim women’s reform movement after the events of 9/11, and while she lived in a part of London characterized by a large migrant population and increasing Islamization. She is the author of Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression.

FP: Ida Lichter, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Let’s begin with what inspired you to write this book.

Lichter: The events of 9/11 created a huge publicity coup for Islamists. At the same time, voices of Muslim women activists were drowned out and further weakened when Middle Eastern countries shut down many dissident websites and blogs. In order to amplify the voices of reformers and bring them into the public domain, a book seemed necessary.

These activists are modern suffragettes. If empowered, they could provide a major social, political and economic resource for their societies.
I also felt inspired and humbled by the courage and sacrifice of those who were killed by misogynist Islamists and my book is dedicated to these heroines.

FP: How can Muslim women reformers be classified by ideology and geography?

Lichter: They are not a homogeneous group and many are still fledgling activists. Some are secular but the majority identify as practicing Muslims. The secular group rejects Sharia law in favor of civil law and a few, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan and Taslima Nasreen, reject Islam outright. These women suffer death threats, and are often branded American or Zionist agents and traitors.

In the religious group, Islamic feminists claim women’s rights can be provided within the framework of Islamic law. In general, they blame the culture of male-dominated tribalism and patriarchy for distorting authentic Islam and giving rise to sharia-legislated discrimination. The greatest activity in women’s reform has emerged in Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

FP: What are some of the impacts of patriarchy and tribalism on Muslim societies?

Lichter: Control of women through marriage safeguards tribal property, family honor, inheritance and lineage. As men’s self-worth is linked to controlling the sexual behaviour of female kin, “honor killings” and domestic violence tend to be excused. In rural Afghanistan and Pakistan, women are also treated as collateral to settle family and tribal disputes.
Discrimination against girls is ingrained, as boys are favored over girls from birth, and receive better care, education and material goods. Social turmoil or fitna is ascribed to women, who are deemed temptresses capable of jeopardizing community stability, or even causing political corruption.

FP: What changes are Muslim women reformers trying to achieve?

Lichter: Reformers are trying to overturn discriminatory Sharia laws like lenient sentencing for “honor killings,” stoning to death for adultery, polygamy, child marriage, temporary marriage, unilateral divorce, and inequality regarding custody, citizenship, inheritance and ‘blood money’ – the compensation paid by a murderer to the family of the victim. Under Islamic law, payment for the death of a man is twice that of a woman.
Women want freedom to choose their clothing, abolition of male guardianship, and in Saudi Arabia, the right to vote and drive a car.

Some reformers believe education is the best antidote to the ideologies of jihadism, takfir (accusing other Muslims of heresy) and fighting the infidels, and educated women are less likely to provide a role model of the submissive, fearful woman or be cowed into indoctrinating children.

FP: How are women reformers attempting to achieve reform and what successes have they had?

Lichter: Collectively, Muslim women reformers are rising up, even though many are lone voices and their organizations are new.
The majority want to change discriminatory legislation by making changes within Islam, reclaiming the rights they believe women were originally granted in the Koran.

Some have turned to theology and ijtihad (critical thinking within Islam), supporting their claims by reinterpreting discriminatory texts, emphasizing egalitarian ones, and placing meaning in a historical context. Certain exegesis requires selecting gender-sensitive meaning for words, for example, in the well-known passage that justifies domestic violence, women scholars chose “go away” for idrib, a word with 24 meanings, and commonly translated as “beat.”

Canadian Muslim woman reformer, Irshad Manji, is a major proponent of ijtihad.

Most of the major legislative reforms to date have taken place in North Africa, through lobbying by women’s groups and the encouragement of successive dictators and ruling monarchs. In Tunisia, polygamy was abolished, as was unilateral, arbitrary divorce, which could only be granted in a court of law. More reforms, like harsh punishment for domestic violence, were achieved during the government of former president Ben Ali.

Under the new constitution in Afghanistan, women can aspire to political leadership, and in Bamyan province, Habiba Sarabi is the first female governor. In parliament, women are guaranteed 25 percent of the seats in the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) and members of parliament like Massouda Jalal, Suraya Parlika, Malalai Joya, Sima Samar and Shukria Barakzai have all promoted women’s rights.

In Afghanistan, major issues are basic medical services and security. Only about 15% of women are literate and most NGOs run literacy programs.
Women dissidents in Iran have been arrested and jailed while participating in the One Million Signatures Campaign against discriminatory laws, and street demonstrations that provided a vanguard for the post-election reform rallies in June 2009 and inspiration for the “Arab Spring.”

Iranian lawyer Shadi Sadr led the Campaign to Stop Stoning Forever. Using the Internet to draw world attention to this issue, she saved several people from stoning. Many reformers have circumvented censorship through cyber journalism but in July 2008, the regime passed a law allowing the death penalty for “online crimes.”

Most Saudi women reformers are journalists and media activists who analyze and critique the country’s institutionalized gender discrimination. Wajeha Al-Huwaider and her colleagues protested against the guardian laws, using the slogan: “Treat Us Like Adult Citizens – Or We’ll Leave the Country.” She also demonstrated against the ban on women driving, and made clever use of YouTube in her campaigns against oppression of women and child marriage.

In Egypt, reformers campaigned successfully to ban female circumcision, although the Muslim Brotherhood claimed this was “tantamount to promoting vice” and pandering to the West.

Pakistani attorney Asma Jahangir devoted herself to defending victims of rape against the Hudood Laws that placed rape and adultery under the crime of zina, or illicit sexual relations. (A woman is raped or gang-raped every few hours in Pakistan). If rape victims did not present four male witnesses, they risked punishment for adultery. Eventually, the laws were changed under President Musharraf in 2006.

The South-East Asia region has emerged as an important centre for reform. Indonesian women have a tradition of Islamic learning in female boarding schools or pesantrens, where organizations like Rahima teach pluralism, tolerance and progressive interpretations of the Koran and Islamic law.

In Malaysia, Zainah Anwar and her organization, Sisters in Islam, were successful in repealing amendments to family law that would have facilitated polygamy and divorce for men. In February 2009, Anwar launched Musawah, an international movement to end discrimination and violence against women in Muslim societies.

In the United States, American academic, Amina Wadud, led the first mixed-gender congregation for Friday prayers in New York. Wadud believes the number of reformist Muslim women is approaching a critical mass.

Amongst European reform organizations, Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Whores Nor Doormats) was founded by French/Algerian politician Fadela Amara to provide shelters and assistance for victims of violence and gang rapes in France’s Muslim housing areas. The Safra Project was established to protect lesbian rights of Muslims in the U.K.

FP: Describe the obstacles that Muslim women reformers face.

Lichter: Major difficulties exist in many countries where freedom of speech, assembly and association are restricted. Islamist forces also act to obstruct women in politics. When Rola Dashti and her colleagues ran for parliament in Kuwait, they were branded blasphemous, anti-patriotic agents of the West, promoting promiscuity, divorce and homosexuality.
Activists are hindered by reactionary Wahhabi ideology sponsored by Saudi oil wealth, and seeded around the world in schools and institutes of higher learning. U.N. resolutions against defaming religions also aim to silence dissidents.

Reformers have received little recognition or support by the U.S. Administration. In his Cairo speech to the Muslim world, President Obama supported education for women but ignored the destruction of girls’ schools by the Taliban and failed to mention other violations of women’s human rights.

Some reformers believe their greatest impediment to progress is cultural relativism, causing most Western feminists to keep silent.

FP: Chances of success?

Lichter: Many activists are highly motivated in the knowledge they have much to gain if reform takes hold and much to lose if extremists expand their influence. In this mission, they are beginning to co-opt an increasing number of sympathetic Muslim men.

We are in the midst of great upheaval in the Middle East, and the outcome for women’s rights is unknown. In Egypt, women are in the forefront for democratic change but they face a society that has become increasingly Islamized, and a culture of endemic sexual harassment, where even fully covered women are preyed upon in the public space.
The history of women in Algeria and Iran has shown that women’s rights are easily sidelined, and during the current transitional periods of government, feminists will need to champion these rights as a valid litmus test for democratic reform.

Forestalling the use of sharia family law as a bargaining tool is a particularly serious issue for the women of Afghanistan, who are threatened by the Taliban.

An end to Iran as Islamic role model could be pivotal for long-term change. According to Iranian/British academic, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, the Iranian women’s movement will eventually achieve reform: “There’s so much tension and energy there now. It will be a flood.”

And women need assistance. According to Algerian feminist Khalida Messaoudi: “In order to secure women’s rights, we need a democratic international of women – otherwise we have absolutely no chance of conquering this beast.”

These are historic times for Muslim women who are rejecting male domination and pursuing a momentous revision of centuries-old patriarchy. The battle for their empowerment will continue to be a dominant 21st century challenge and one of the critical social issues of our time.

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Torture Fears for Humanitarian Worker Charged with Apostasy

(New York) - Sudanese authorities should immediately release Hawa Abdallah or formally charge her with a credible, recognized offense, Human Rights Watch said today. Abdallah, who was arrested on May 6, 2011, is a community activist from the Abu Shouk displaced persons camp in North Darfur and a staff member of the United Nations/African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID). Sudanese authorities should guarantee her full due process rights, and her physical well-being, Human Rights Watch said.

On May 8, Sudan's state news service published an article accusing Abdallah of "christianizing" children in displaced persons camps and of links to a rebel group. The crime of apostasy is punishable by death under Sudanese law. An accompanying photo of Abdallah holding a Bible shows visible signs of fatigue and what appear to be bruises on her face.

"We are deeply concerned that Hawa Abdallah is at risk of serious ill-treatment and torture," said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "The government's own photo of her supports our concerns."

A group of armed national security personnel abducted Abdallah on the evening of May 6, at a residence in Abu Shouk village, near the displaced persons camp. They detained her in El Fasher, then moved her to Khartoum, according to sources in Darfur, but have not charged her or allowed her access to counsel or her family.

Sudanese authorities should give her immediate access to her family, lawyers of her choosing, and staff from the Darfur peacekeeping mission so they can check on her condition, Human Rights Watch said. She should have immediate access to an independent doctor to carry out a medical examination.

Authorities have refused requests by UNAMID peacekeepers to see Abdallah. The refusal blatantly disregards the Status of Forces Agreement between Sudan and UNAMID requiring cooperation on all criminal cases involving staff members, Human Rights Watch said.

In 2009, following the International Criminal Court's announcement of charges against President Omar al-Bashir, national security authorities also detained Abdallah for six days and seriously injured her during interrogations.

The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has long used its broad arrest and detention powers to target activists and real or perceived opponents of the ruling National Congress Party. So far in 2011 alone, the NISS has detained hundreds of people in connection with a wave of popular protests against the ruling party, mistreating, and torturing scores of the detainees.

Human Rights Watch called on the Sudanese government to condemn all acts of torture and ill-treatment by national security officials and to hold abusive officials responsible for violations. It also renewed calls on the government to reform its National Security Act of 2010 in line with Sudan's constitution and international human rights law.

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Apparently, Muslims aren’t taking “NO” for an answer re: shari’a law

Even though it was just reported that the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils request to permit shari’a law was rejected by the Federal Government, a sheik and Muslim leaders yesterday said shari’a was already being used secretly to end hundreds of marriages a year. Shari’a is also being used by imams in cases of business disputes and neighborhood fights.

NEWS AU -(H/T David H)- The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils also asked the Government to fund halal and kosher meat outlets and even Muslim schools and for state schools to have special sports uniforms for female Muslim students. (These filthy ragheads have chutzpah, gotta give’em that)

“If the Government and politicians cannot recognise this as essential, it should no longer accuse the Australian Muslim community of intentionally living in enclaves,” the submission said.
Sheik Moussaab Legha, from the Islamic Welfare Centre in Lakemba, in
Sydney’s west, said panels of imams oversaw hundreds of sharia divorces at a mosque in the city. They first try to persuade the couple to stay married, Sheik Legha said. If a woman pursues a divorce in the Family Court but is not religiously divorced under sharia, the Muslim community and countries with sharia still see her as married.

Sheik Legha said people who are divorced under sharia by imams at the Greenacre mosque receive a certificate. “It is after the Family Court. The religious way needs to be finalised,” he said. ”Most of the time it is like a normal courtroom. You have the imams on one table, you have the family of the woman, you listen to both [sides], to the problems.”

University of Technology Sydney academic Jamila Hussain said religious divorces were carried out at two mosques because for some women a Family Court divorce is not enough.

Muslim community advocate Keysar Trad has witnessed a sharia divorce in Sydney but he said sharia law was also being used to settle workplace and neighbourhood disputes.

“Really, anything that does not have a criminal element,” Mr Trad said of the use of sharia law by Sydney imams. (Under shari’a, honor killings, stonings, floggings, limb amputations for stealing aren’t considered criminal)



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Muslim Mothers Who “Honor Kill” Their Daughters
The Islamic penalty in India for marrying Hindu men
by Phyllis Chesler

Two Muslim mothers, both widows, both living in Uttar Pradesh in India, helped each other murder their grown daughters, Zahida, 19, and Husna, 26, for having committed the crime of marrying Hindu men.

They held their daughters down and slowly strangled them to death. The poor dead darlings actually believed they were entitled to marry non-Muslim men and for “love,” and that ultimately their mothers and Muslim community would accept them back. This is typical of many honor killing victims. While these two young women knew enough to contact the police for help—and the police actually got their mothers to sign an agreement that they would not “harm” their children—it was only a deceptive piece of paper. But the daughters’ longing for reconciliation and naive hopefulness was their undoing. Their mothers agreed not to hurt them and sweet-talked them into returning; once the girls were home, they became prey for the kill.

But life without a family network is unthinkable for someone whose identity is not individual but rather located in a collectivity. Progress and “modernity” may be coming to India, but slowly, very slowly.

Neither mother, Khatun or Subrato, has expressed the slightest remorse. Both feel justified because their daughters brought shame to their families. According to the police, Khatun said: “We killed them because they brought shame to our community. How could they elope with Hindus? They deserved to die. We have no remorse.”

This is cold-hearted, barbaric, almost unbelievable. But such Muslim-on-Muslim crimes and woman-on-woman crimes are typical in many parts of the world.

Clearly, this is an extreme case of woman’s inhumanity to woman; I published a book with that title. We expect women, mothers especially, to be able to defy social custom for the sake of saving their children. The reality is just the opposite. The slightest transgression, especially by women, will upset huge networks and topple all social stability. No one will marry someone from a “shamed” family; that family will be forever ostracized, impoverished, and may also die out genetically. Mothers, fathers, relatives are loyal to their tribal social customs rather than to any one individual, even if that individual is their own child. The system itself demands and allows for such barbarism—but the sacrifice of the individual is seen as in the service of the greater tribal and caste based social structure or “civilization.”

In addition, woman’s inhumanity to woman is a common phenomenon in India where mothers-in-law routinely assist their sons in burning their daughters-in-law to death. This is known as a “dowry killing” because it is done so that a new bride can bring another dowry into the impoverished and/or greedy family. There is actually a special wing in a prison in New Delhi for such mothers-in-law. In addition, female infanticide was a long-time practice in both India and China. Both women and men steal children in India and sell them to be adopted abroad or, more frequently, to be groomed into sexual slavery either at home or abroad. A dear friend is visiting me from India right now and her stories on this subject are unbelievable — and yet all too believable.

Surveys have shown us that women in India believe that women deserve to be beaten. Perhaps they are also saying that women should simply expect this to happen. Many Hindu and Muslim mothers refuse to accept severely battered child-daughter brides back into their home. In Afghanistan, this often leads to suicide, often self-immolation as well.

To its credit, the Indian Supreme Court has recently declared that “It is time to stamp out these barbaric, feudal practices which are a slur on our nation.”

Once again, the major mainstream media in the United States have, thus far, failed to do any original stories about this awful case. The Washington Post relied again on an AP story. The New York Times has neither published nor posted anything.

In the past, the Washington Post has only covered Hindu honor killings in India. This time, they were forced to use the word “Muslim” to identify the perpetrators. The victims were not identified as “Muslims.”

That only happens when Israelis or Americans have killed them.

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Muslims Terrorizing Christian Girls in Iraq
The horrifying testimony of Sister Hatune of the Syrian-Orthodox monastery in Warburg, Germany
by Frank Kitman

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I edited and translated a most heartbreaking testimony by Sister Hatune of the Syrian-Orthodox monastery in Warburg, Germany. She makes an amazing effort to help and protect the ruthlessly persecuted Christians in Iraq.

In recent years, a horrifying number of kidnappings, rapes and mutilations of Iraqi Christian girls has been perpetrated by Muslim gangs. Some 700,000 Christians are fleeing this terror, but often find themselves exposed to similar dangers when they arrive in neighboring Muslim countries. With no rights and no help from authorities, they are surely in the most desperate of situations. Please take the time to contemplate why this is not being reported more often.

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Egypt: Reports of "surge in disappearances of Coptic girls"

Again, what better subterfuge is there than to accuse your enemy of what you yourself have engaged in for years? And the fabricated stories of Muslim women (or alleged converts to Islam) being abducted by Christians in Egypt have indeed provided a handy cover for a new string of disappearances.

Abductions of Christian girls are nothing new, as Coptic Pope Shenouda III observed even in 1976 that "there is a practice to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands." And our own archives are full of over seven years of such reports. Meanwhile, the world looks the other way, or now pleads, "but, but... Tahrir Square!"
Wishful thinking in Western think tanks and governments won't un-abduct these girls and women. As Islamic groups -- "Salafis" and others -- are emboldened by the lack of challenges they have encountered in the wake of the revolution, there will only be more stories like this. "No Going Back for Egypt's Converted Copts," by Angela Shanahan for The Australian, May 20:
Amid the upheavals in Egypt since January, reports have begun to emerge of a surge in disappearances of Coptic girls.
One priest in Cairo estimates that at least 21 young girls, many as young as 14, have disappeared from his parish alone.
In most cases, when a Christian girl who disappears is found by her family, she has been converted to Islam and married. The Coptic authorities, have even set up a series of refuges in monasteries to handle the growing numbers of girls who wish to return to their families, many of whom are not accepted by their family of origin.
But a worse problem for these women is that their conversion to Islam is irreversible.
It is worth noting that this is a refreshingly frank report.
Religion is stated on Egyptian ID documents and even though secular law provides for reversions, under the growth of sharia they are very difficult, except for those affording legal advocacy.
This situation is not unique to Egypt. There have been consistent reports of girls being coerced into Islamic conversion and marriage in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
That many of these girls are initially runaways is not in doubt. However, there is also evidence that a huge number are converted and married against their will.
The situation was documented in a controversial report published in 2009 on conversion and forced marriage of Coptic women by Washington DC-based Christian Solidarity International. The authors are Washington academic Michele Clark and Egyptian Coptic broadcast journalist Nadia Ghaly, based in Melbourne.
Between 2005 and 2008 they interviewed and documented 50 Egyptian women, mostly aged between 14 and 25, who had decided to return to their families. All claim to have been tricked, coerced or raped, converted to Islam and married. Most of the interviewees were trying to reconvert to their Christian identity, with limited or no success. The report's conclusions were printed in several major publications, including Forbes magazine.
Since the so-called Arab Spring, and the ensuing riots at Christian churches, the authors are trying to bring the subject of forced conversion and marriage to greater prominence.
Riots by Muslims. Christians aren't being sent out into the street enraged by Sunday's homily.
Both groups live extremely closed, highly traditional separate lives and the norms surrounding marriage and sex are almost medieval, says Ghaly.
So, for example, it is not unheard of for a young Christian girl from a poor family to run away from an arranged marriage. Yet a high proportion of these women claim coercion, even rape, despite the shame that such a claim will cause if the girl wishes to return.
Many claim they were kept as virtual slaves. Others who were able to leave could not bring their children. Ghaly claims this is more than overt religious oppression, and amounts to "a form of cultural genocide".
She cites a document published by Human Rights Watch in November 2007, which says that even if Coptic women can obtain a divorce from their Muslim husband, those who wish to return to Christianity "meet with refusal and harassment from the Civil Status Department of the Ministry of Interior".
Under sharia law, reconversion is considered apostasy punishable by death.
Cultural baggage? The innovation of modern "extremists?" No. That comes from Muhammad's own orders.
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What a religion - and they want to impose this on all the inhabitants of the earth! If they aren't blowing their little boys and young men up or raping them they're stoning or beating up their women and justifying it by referring to the Quran.

And what about their take on health, medicine and the happenings in the natural world! No wonder the fundamentalists don't want anyone to go to a "real" school!

If it weren't so frightening it would be very funny!
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Canadian Raped, Stabbed - Invited to Embrace Islam
Abducted in Afghanistan:CBC journalist Mellissa Fung delivers a gripping, searching memoir


By Mellissa Fung HarperCollins

Imprisoned in a concealed hole in the ground in the Afghan countryside, Mellissa Fung interviewed her rapist the morning after he assaulted her.

The veteran CBC journalist had been stabbed and abducted as she was leaving a refugee camp near Kabul. That was the beginning of 28 days in captivity that Fung recounts in her poignant, harrowing, gripping and ultimately inspiring memoir, Under an Afghan Sky, which is already on the bestseller lists.

Fung also interviewed the man who had knifed her. Tormented, driven to the limits of endurance, alternately fighting the monotony and terror of being a kidnap victim, she shows herself to be the ultimate journalist, engaging her fundamentalist captors in dialogue about religion, elections, women, the Taliban. Fung recounts each moment vividly, her telling details and superb use of dialogue taking the reader into the dark heart of Afghanistan and a foreign correspondent's worst nightmare.

In October 2008, Fung had just finished filming interviews with refugee families when she was grabbed by three armed men who overpowered her "fixer."

When she fought against being dragged into a car, she was knifed. Although she doesn't spell it out, Fung was in shock -bleeding profusely, she felt no pain as her abductors spirited her away. They told her they were Taliban, bound her wounds and took turns photographing themselves -with her digital camera -while pointing a Kalashnikov at her head.

But their leader, an 18-or 19-year-old named Khalid, assured her, "I not kill you. We just want money." He guessed they could get $200,000 ransom for her.

Khalid allowed her a brief phone call to her boyfriend, CTV foreign correspondent Paul Workman in Kandahar, to tell him, "I'm okay. They're treating me well. They just want money." She added, "I'm sorry about everything. All the trouble I've caused everyone."

Arriving at a remote village, she was thrown into the hole that would be her prison. Six feet by three feet by five feet high, it had a light bulb rigged to a car battery for illumination and a bucket for bodily functions. She survived the next four weeks mainly on murky water, juice and chocolate cookies.

In that space, tiny even for one person and hidden by a canopy of dirt, she was constantly in the company of one or another of her captives. They were all young men and treated her well -except for Kahlid's "uncle" Abdulrahman, an older, fat man whose "breath reeked of garlic and onions."

He raped her at knifepoint on the one night she was left alone with him. She spent the next few hours rocking "back and forth in a fetal position, hoping I would wake up and realize this was all a horrible nightmare" as Abdulrahman slept beside her. When he woke, he asked, "You want to interview me?" and she did, to distract him, try to get information out of him -and because she's the consummate journalist.

During the ensuing weeks, she built a rapport with her captors, except of course with Abdulrahman, who was never left with her again.

In the culture clash of her debates and interviews with them, and as she relates those to her previous experiences in Afghanistan, Fung makes us realize just what a quagmire she -and we -have got into.

She tried to explain that Canada is different from the United States, that Canada is there to help the Afghans, but she was told, "Canada, America, Britain, you all same. You come, you fight in my country and kill my people." They also tried to convince her to become a Muslim. As one says, "You no go heaven. You not Muslim! You Muslim, you go."

A "clean freak," she became more and more filthy in that reeking hole and worried that her wounds would become infected. What sustained her were the prayers she recited with her rosary beads and the letters she wrote to Workman, knowing he might very well never see them. "There are times when it's very bad and the darkness of the place threatens to swallow me completely," she tells him.

The pair are truly kindred souls since, ironically, Workman also attempted to curtail his panic by writing letters to her: "I have imagined every horrible scenario and I shake with fear. I cannot begin to understand what you are going through."

Their letters are interspersed throughout the memoir, and the reader, already gripped by events, is taken by their love story.

It turns out that her captors, alternately naive and cunning, are not hard-core Taliban, but more a family business that kidnaps foreigners for ransom. But one tells her, "We are all the same. Taliban is Afghanistan. Afghanistan is Taliban."

She writes to Workman, "There are no excuses, P, for what the kidnappers have taken from me. My freedom. But all I can do is to try to understand why they do this."

She reflects that, for young men in the political and economic catastrophe that is Afghanistan, "criminal activity is often the only viable option."

Khalid proudly told her of his girlfriend and showed photos of her and her family he took with Fung's camera. Then he chillingly told her that they plan, a year or two after their marriage, to both become suicide bombers and go to heaven together.

In the end, no ransom was paid, Fung says, but a deal was made; her freedom in exchange for the release of a relative of her kidnappers.

As Adrienne Clarkson says on the book jacket, "the enormity of [Fung's] experience is matched by the brilliance of the writing. This is a must-read for anyone interested in what's happening in Afghanistan today."....

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Christian Women Assaulted

Islamabad: May 20, 2011. (Xavier William, Modern Tokyo Times) Pakistan, two more shocking cases have surfaced in Punjab which is the hub of extremism and hatred towards the Christian community. Two Christian women, Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi, are female sanitary workers at the Fatima Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan.

A source from the Fatima Memorial hospital said that Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi were assaulted and unlawfully detained for several hours by a Muslim officer at the medical facility.

First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against the medical officer at the Ichchra Police Station, Lahore.

According to the sources, the man allegedly snatched a cellphone from Nusrat Bibi and money from Muneeran Bibi, when the women resisted, he began assaulting Muneeran Bibi. Then Nusrat Bibi was slapped and attacked with a wooden stick which the alleged attacker had pulled out from a stand placed in his room. He also tore up her shirt when she raised an objection to their physical search.“They were kept in illegal detention for about 9 hours,” said the source.

According to the hospital administration, Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi were allegedly accused of theft, but nothing was recovered from them.

Activist from Life for All, Mr. Rizwan Paul said, “This is indeed a brutal act, the victims must be provided justice, and the accused must pay for the inhuman act. Both women are sanitary workers, but they are human beings as well, they are not animals. They had said that they had not stolen anything, then why weren’t they trusted? Because they are Christians, just because they are Christians, they were subjected so brutally. We strongly condemn the act and demand that the authorities take immediate action.”

Another disturbing case took place in Jalal Pur Jattan, a town located in the Gujarat District of Punjab. Allegedly a Muslim group on the behest of a former MPA (Member Provincial Assembly) invaded two Christian houses in the city.

Father Naveed Dominic an activist from Jalal Pur Jatta said, “The local former MPA had his eyes on the agricultural land in the heart of Jalal Pur Jatta. This land belongs to local Christians and they had been receiving threats from various groups to vacate the land, but they didn’t.”

The group threw out the belongings and physically assaulted the women present in the houses. The locals contacted the police, but they refused to get involved.

Father Dominic further said “The Church is also being pressurized not to get involved in the matter, the authorities have kept a deaf ear to the situation. The hatred towards the Christian community and the growing cases of persecution has been reported to the authorities……. but the authorities don’t seem to take an interest.”
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British Teacher Badly Beaten for Teaching Girls
A gang of four Muslim men launched a horrific attack on an RE teacher because they did not approve of him teaching religious studies to Muslim girls, a court heard yesterday.

Gary Smith, 28, was left with facial scarring, both long and short-term memory loss, and now has no sense of smell.

He became depressed after his face was slashed and he suffered a brain haemorrhage, fractured skull and broken jaw following the attack.

Scene: Burdett Road, East London, where the gang ambushed Mr Smith

The men were said to have attempted the assault several times, ‘lying in wait’ for Mr Smith before successfully ambushing him on his way to work on July 12 last year.

The gang was recorded planning the attack by detectives who had bugged defendant Akmol Hussain’s car over an unrelated matter.

They were taped saying they wanted to hit or kill the teacher just because he was the head of religious studies at the Central Foundation School for Girls in Bow, East London.

In one recording Hussain said: ‘He’s mocking Islam and he’s putting doubts in people’s minds . . . How can somebody take a job to teach Islam when they’re not even a Muslim themselves?’

Armed with an iron rod and brick, they punched, kicked and attacked Mr Smith, leaving him unconscious covered in blood on the pavement in Burdett Road, Tower Hamlets, East London.

Mr Smith was taken to hospital after he was found by two passers-by, and only regained consciousness two days later.

The gang, made up of Simon Alam, 19, Azad Hussein, 27, of Bethnal Green, Sheikh Rashid, 27, of Shadwell and Akmol Hussain, 26, of Wapping, fled the scene in a car and went on to boast about their role in the assault.

Alam said he hit Mr Smith over the head with a metal bar saying: 'I turned and hit him on his face with the rod and he went flying and fell on his stomach.'

Sarah Whitehouse, prosecuting at Snaresbrook Crown Court, said: 'He was subjected to a violent attack while he was on his way to work.

Innocent teacher: The men were taped planning the attack saying they wanted to hit or kill him just because he was the head of religious studies at the Central Foundation School for Girls in Bow, East London.

'His injuries included bleeding in the brain and a broken upper jaw. He has been left with permanent scarring to his face. The attack was pre-meditated and was vicious and sustained.

'It was also a cowardly attack, carried out by a group of at least four men, using weapons, on the single victim who would have had limited opportunity to defend himself.'

The teacher had been at the school for eight years teaching faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism.
'It was a cowardly attack, carried out by a group of at least four men, using weapons, on the single victim who would have had limited opportunity to defend himself'
Prosecutor Sara Whitehouse

Ms Whitehouse added: 'He was targeted as the victim of this attack quite simply because of his position as head of religious studies at the school.
'The defendants held strong religious beliefs and they chose him because they did not approve of his teaching.'

Hussain's car had been bugged on an 'unrelated matter' and it was during that surveillance operation that some of the gang members were recorded discussing the attack.

He spoke about a pupil at the school, calling her teacher a dog - an offensive name in Islam. He is then heard saying 'this is the dog we want to' and then a word is said in Sylheti - a language from Bangladesh - that means to hit, strike or kill.

Two other attempts, on on July 8 and one on July 9 last year failed when Mr Smith did not take his usual route to work.

Akmol Hussain, 26, of Wapping, Azad Hussein, 27, of Bethnal Green, Sheikh Rashid, 27, of Shadwell and Simon Alam, 19, of Whitechapel, all in East London, admitted GBH with intent.

A fifth defendant, Badruzzuha Uddin, 24, also of Shadwell, admitted assisting the thugs by hiding blood-stained clothing.

The hearing was adjourned until Thursday.
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Iran's Thug-In-Chief: No limits to women's progress in Islamic society

"I love pulling the kuffar's leg"

Sure! Everyone knows that Iran, as a Sharia state, is a bastion of human rights in general and women's rights in particular! Women even serve in the cabinet! And if they vote the wrong way or make a wrong decision, one can always "beat them" (Qur'an 4:34)!

"No limitation for women’s progress in Islamic society: president," from the Tehran Times, May 24:
TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that there is no limitation for the progress of women in the Islamic society.

The president made the remarks during his speech at the Insightful Woman Conference on Monday on the occasion of the auspicious birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatima (SA), the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (S), which is Women’s Day in Iran.

Ahmadinejad said that the high status and dignity of women and mothers in the society should be safeguarded.

He highlighted the role of brave and learned women in paving the way for the progress of the country.

President also criticized the way women are regarded in the Western societies, saying in the capitalist system women are used a tool for making money.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the president praised female cabinet members for their great services to the government....
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Saudi Campaign Calls for Men to Beat Women Drivers

A campaign on Facebook is calling for Saudi men to beat women who plan to drive cars in a protest next month, AFP reports.

"The Iqal Campaign: June 17 for preventing women from driving" advocates a cord be used to beat women who plan to drive. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Some 6,000 people have "liked" the campaign on Facebook.

It was created in response to female activist Manal al-Sharif, who created a page calling for Saudi women to defy the driving ban on June 17.

The Facebook page, called "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself," was removed after more than 12,000 people indicated their support. The campaign's Twitter account also was deactivated.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women — both Saudi and foreign — from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and those who cannot afford the $300 to $400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor.

The issue is a highly emotional one in the kingdom, where women are also not allowed to vote, or even travel without their husbands' or fathers' permission.

About 800 Saudi people have signed a petition urging Saudi King Abdullah to release al-Sherif and to make a clear statement on women's right to drive.

"We are fed up," Waleed Aboul Khair, a lawyer and rights activists said. "Be frank," he said, addressing the country's rulers. "For the first time in the history of the kingdom, we have hundreds of people calling for the king to be frank."

"The society has moved. The society is not silent anymore," Aboul Khair said.

There is no written Saudi law banning women from driving, only fatwas, or religious edicts, by senior clerics that are enforced by police. King Abdullah has promised reforms in the past and has taken some tentative steps to ease restrictions on women. But the Saudi monarchy relies on Wahhabi clerics to give religious legitimacy to its rule and is deeply reluctant to defy their entrenched power.

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Christian Woman Kidnapped and Gang Raped by Muslim Men in Punjab province of Pakistan.oe of Pakistan.

Faisalabad: May 25, 2011. (By Shahid Anwar) Afshan Sabir (29), a Christian factory worker and mother of three children from Millat town, Faisalabad was kidnapped and raped by her co-worker named Waqas alias Kashi with his 6 mates at some unknown place in Gojra for whole night of 27th March, 2011. First, they intoxicated her and then quenched the lust turn by turn. After the unspeakable act, they left her on the spot and fled away. When she came to her senses at morning, she found herself at desolate place. Then she made a phone call to her neighbors Mr. Shamas and Muhammad Zafar for help.

On the same day, when she came back to Faisalabad, she immediately submitted an application to Mr. Aftab Cheema (Regional Police Officer, Faisalabad) for the redress of grievance. The said application was marked to in-charge of Police Post Millat Town Mr. Rana Maqsood (sub-inspector) who handled that application. He had plotted with the rapists and not taken that matter into consideration. Mr. Maqsood had got Afshan’s thumb impression on a blank paper for next day hearing and then next day told her that she had compromised with rapists.

Afshan bibi reported to National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Faisalabad that Waqas kidnapped her from her home by enticing her for job with his 6 mates in a van. When she started shouting, they beaten her and then intoxicated. Afterward, they took her to an unknown place in a village of Gojra where they sexually assaulted her whole night.

Later on, Afshan bibi filed a petition against Station Head Officer (SHO) and Rana Maqsood (sub-inspector) of Millat Town Police Station for the registration of FIR (First Information Report). The NCJP Faisalabad office is providing legal assistance to her. The matter is under investigation with Millat Town Police Station so far.

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