Recently, in Afghanistan, a 14 year old female child was brutally murdered by two brothers, Sadeq and Masood, who have since been arrested. The background to this appalling crime is as follows. The young girl, Gastina Rahman, was desired for a wife by one of the brothers. The girl’s father, Noor Rahman, refused the marriage request,insisting that his daughter was too young to be engaged.
The brothers threatened Mr.Rahman and made it clear they would not take “NO” for an answer. The brutal pair picked their moment and mercilessly attacked the defenceless young girl, beheading her.
We find it difficult to describe the desperate wickedness and devilish evil of those killers and the terror and suffering of the child does not bear thinking about.
However, in Afghanistan, there are multiplied horrors. In Eastern Afghanistan, teenage girls have had noses and ears cut off or been attacked with axes, in so-called “honour” attacks!
A law was passed in Afghanistan in 2009, “The Elimination of Violence against Women Law” but, according to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “Judges, Prosecutors and Police in many parts of Afghanistan have begun to use the new law, but unfortunately, only in a small percentage of violence against women cases.”
Honour killings have taken place in Canada, UK and USA in recent times. The mainstream media are sometimes reluctant to state as a fact that Islam and “honour killings” are linked because they fear being labelled as “racist” or “Islamaphobes.” This reluctance to “tell it like it is” means that women and young girls will continue to live with the risk of violence as a daily reality.
Linked to the above is the horror of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM.) Now, this horrific practice is not limited to Islam because it is to be found in some non-Islamic tribal cultures. However, Muslims are the principle religious group that practices FGM. According to the Home Office (UK) website, it is estimated that up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM and between 100m to 140m girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences. In France, there have been some successful prosecutions, partly due to better reporting and investigatory procedures, whereas in the UK, there has yet to be a conviction despite the fact that FGM was criminalised in the UK more than two decades ago.
Mass immigration (largely uncontrolled) has brought this terrible problem to the UK and it is now public knowledge, yet women in many countries have endured these assaults on their bodies for years, perhaps thinking that this was the common lot of women everywhere, OR, that we in the West did not care about them and their indescribable suffering, which is not true, as many of us were ignorant of their torment.
In conclusion, we have to ask, where are the Feminists? They have a lot to say about violence against women which, for some of them, includes a man (a husband or boyfriend, most feminists are anti-marriage, ) asking a woman to give up work because he is in a position to support her!Such a scenario is (to feminists) an example of “violence!” Yet when it comes to the (actual) violence of FGM, feminists are virtually silent, too afraid to speak up for the victims lest they be accused of “racism.” What hypocrites!