Why do Muslim Women Suffer Everywhere - Is Islam to be Blamed?
When it suits the clerics (ok mullahs if you please) they accept the wrist watch. But when a mathematical progression of the same science can calculate the birth of a new moon, they suddenly insist on climbing a camel to view the crescent with their own eyes.
Or they will accept calculations that show the as'r prayer times in a city on a given day six months from today. But refuse to accept the same set of calculations when it gives you the whole hijra calendar for the next century.
Any advance that they view as an encroachment on their turf, they term is bidaa.
The reason am writing about the Muslim women and then drifted to clerics (mullahs) is because of a news report that mentions that the Afghan women still suffer at the hands of (non-taliban) Afghans. They suffered under the talibans, they are still suffering under the Non-Talibans. So something is the matter with either the Muslims or Islam - as it observed and interpreted today.
In Afghanistan, Women's Lives Are Worse Than Ever By Terri Judd
Grinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages.
Girls as young as six are being married into a life of slavery and rape, often by multiple members of their new relatives. Banned from seeing their own parents or siblings, they are also prohibited from going to school. With little recognition of the illegality of the situation or any effective recourse, many of the victims are driven to self-immolation -- burning themselves to death -- or severe self-harm.
Six years after the US and Britain "freed" Afghan women from the oppressive Taliban regime, a new report proves that life is just as bad for most, and worse in some cases.
Projects started in the optimistic days of 2002 have begun to wane as the UK and its NATO allies fail to treat women's rights as a priority, workers in the country insist.
The statistics in the report from Womankind, Afghan Women and Girls Seven Years On, make shocking reading. Violent attacks against females, usually domestic, are at epidemic proportions with 87 percent of females complaining of such abuse -- half of it sexual. More than 60 percent of marriages are forced.
Despite a new law banning the practice, 57 percent of brides are under the age of 16. The illiteracy rate among women is 88 percent with just 5 percent of girls attending secondary school.