Women's Abuse Under Shari'a
Shari'a law mandates unbelievable abuse toward women, and because today, September 27th, bloggers around the world are blogging to end abuse, I thought I'd point out the biggest source of women's abuse in the world.
Over 5000 women and girls are killed every year by family members in so-called 'honor killings', according to the UN. These crimes occur where cultures believe that a woman's unsanctioned sexual behavior brings such shame on the family that any female accused or suspected must be murdered. Reasons for these murders can be as trivial as talking to a man, or as innocent as suffering rape.
Syria: Two 16 Year-Olds Killed By Family In "Honor Killings"
And all perfectly legal, according to Syrian law, which states, "He who catches his wife, or one of his ascendents, descendents, or sister committing adultery or illegitimate sex acts with another" or in a "suspicious state" is exempt from penalty.
Women Burned Alive By Their Own Husbands
In the past few months 30 women have been victims of 'honour' killings in Iraqi Kurdistan, it is claimed. Many of the murders are disguised as suicides or accidents with burning oil. Numbers from local hospitals have been made public on April 5th and these show that some 246 women have been objects of these "fire accidents" in the first three months of 2007.
Rape Case In Saudi Arabia
When the teenager went to the police a few months ago to report she was gang-raped by seven men, she never imagined the judge would punish her — and that she would be sentenced to more lashes than one of her alleged rapists received.
Iran, July 2007: Woman Sentenced To Be Stoned To Death
She committed adultery, and her lover has already been stoned to death. She is supposed to be next, a legal sentence under the country's Islamic Penal Code.
The Women Of Islam
Women's rights are compromised the Koran, sura 4:34, that says men are the "overseers" of women. The verse goes on to say that the husband of an insubordinate wife should first admonish her, then leave her to sleep alone and finally beat her. Wife beating is so prevalent in the Muslim world that social workers who assist battered women in Egypt, for example, spend much of their time trying to convince victims that their husbands' violent acts are unacceptable. Beatings are not the worst of female suffering. Each year hundreds of Muslim women die in "honor killings" — murders by husbands or male relatives of women suspected of disobedience, usually a sexual indiscretion or marriage against the family's wishes.
Domestic Violence In Islamic States
In the Islamic world, women don't usually get treated fairly. In the Palestinian territories, for example, rapists are not prosecuted, while victims are forced to marry their assailants to "protect" the family's reputation. In Iran, women are stoned to death for adultery, while men can enter into legal "temporary marriages" if they want to have extra-marital sex.
Sidewalks Segregated By Sex
Saudi Arabia's religious police are insisting that authorities of Medina, one of Islam's holiest cities, should build separate sidewalks for women, the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper said Friday. The country's Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), tasked with enforcing Sharia law, believes men and women should not be allowed to mix on the streets of the Islam's second holiest place, where the Prophet Muhammad is buried.
May 17, 2007, Iran: Arrests on Immorality Charges
Police arrested 87 people in one raid and accused them of wearing clothes of the opposite sex. The police led those arrested into the street, stripped them to the waist and beat them until their backs and faces were bloody. Several suffered broken bones.