Written by Bill Warner
August 29, 2012
Despite ongoing efforts to minimize domestic violence, promote gender equality and empower women, new study in Zanzibar indicates that many women are still beaten and bullied by men including Muslim clerics!
The Kurdistan government passed a bill banning Female Genital Mutilation a year ago but has yet to implement the law.
August 30, 2012
Egypt (h/t to Frontpage Mag)
Some in Egypt's new government wants to include a new article in its constitution criminalizing sex slavery and the trafficking of women and children but the fundamentalist Islamists are grumbling about it.
Tunisia (h/t to JihadWatch)
The head of a Tunisian Islamist organization called this week for his country to legalize polygamy as part of a post-revolution initiative to cancel all laws that contradict Islamic principles. Adel Elmi, head of the Tunisian Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform, formerly known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said in a Wednesday radio statement that marriage laws ought to be modified.
A young girl was found hanging dead from the ceiling of her room in Shiberghan city. The Crime branch police chief said initial investigations showed the girl had committed suicide because she was not happy with her engagement. Maghfirat Samimi, human rights director for Jawzjan, Sar-i-Pul and Faryab, said suicide tendency among girls had increased. He said 20 cases of suicides and murder of women took place in the region this year, compared to last year's 15 cases.
August 31, 2012
Pakistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Khalid Allah Ditta has been arrested for the honor killings of his mother and four sisters. He accused them of having illicit relations with some men in the neighbourhood.
Yesterday, a group of Tunisian women affiliated with the leftist Nidaa Tounes - the Call of Tunisia party - reported that they were verbally and physically assaulted during a meeting held in the small town of Menzel Chakeur, located in the governorate of Sfax.
September 1, 2012
An 18-year old girl was killed by her brother for possessing a cell phone and being in an illicit relationship police said.
September 3, 2012
Campaigners in Egypt say the problem of sexual harassment is reaching epidemic proportions, with a rise in such incidents over the past three months. For many Egyptian women, sexual harassment - which sometimes turns into violent mob-style attacks - is a daily fact of life, reports the BBC's Bethany Bell in Cairo.
September 10, 2012
Saudi authorities have sentenced Najla Yehya Wafa, a 35-year-old Egyptian woman, to 500 lashes. Her family says she was arrested after a business dispute with a Saudi Princess. Leila Jamul, a 23-year-old Sudanese woman, was sentenced last July to death by stoning for adultery. She is being held in prison, meanwhile, with her six-month-old baby.
Britain (h/t to NewEnglishReview)
Muslim cleric at the centre of an illegal marriage scandal has stepped down after he allegedly offered to marry a 12-year-old girl to a man in his 20s. Imam Mohamed Kassamali is said to have told an undercover reporter posing as a father that he could carry out a ceremony for his school-aged daughter. He allegedly told the Sunday Times journalist: 'If it (the marriage) was not possible, I would have told you straight away... I would love the girl to go to her husband's houses (sic) as soon as possible, the younger the better.
September 15, 2012
A 16-year old girl was lashed by local mullahs (clerics) in Jaghori district of Ghazni province on charges of what have been called illicit relations. This was carried out in the absence of legal and humanitarian institutions.
September 16, 2012
A Saudi scholar has played down an Islamic fatwa (ruling) that forbids women from logging in online without an escort. "The law for internet usage for men and women should be the same, even if the internet has useful and harmful websites," said Sheikh Mohamed El-Aly, professor of Islamic law. In 2010, Sheikh Saad El-Ghamdi issued a fatwa banning women from logging in online without a chaperon sitting at her side.
A 20-year-old Egyptian woman was murdered earlier this month after being sexually assaulted. According to their statement on the incident in Upper Egypt's Assuit, the young woman had been walking on a main street with a friend when a man began grabbing her body.
She then turned around and spit in his face and reportedly verbally lashed back, saying "I will get my rights back. I will get my rights back against your will." The ECWR said that after she said the words, the man pushed her to the ground, kicking her before shooting her multiple times.
September 17, 2012
Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Egyptian security in the city of Suez reported that it arrested 22 men for sexually harassing high school students outside of two schools on the first day of classes, the al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Sunday. Earlier this month, the head of the National Council of Women (NCW) Mervat Tallawy said that Egyptian women are harassed, on average, "7 times every 200 meters."
Indonesia (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
A sixteen year old girl hanged herself after being arrested by the sharia police for being out in the early hours of the morning and accused of being a prostitute. More HERE.
September 19, 2012
An Egyptian women's group is afraid that the new constitution will sanction the sharia law that allows marriage of sexually mature girls even if they are at the age of nine.
September 21, 2012
England (h/t to GatesofVienna)
A teenage rape victim had to take medication after she was attacked amid fears she may have contracted HIV. Mawawe Ibrahim Karam was jailed for ten years yesterday for raping the 17-year-old.
September 22, 2012
The daughter of a cleric was allegedly stripped and paraded naked in a village by young men seeking revenge for her brother's 'indiscretions' on Wednesday in the area of Nawan Lahore police station.
September 24, 2012
To avoid being whipped, mutilated, and jailed, women in Timbuktu now have to wear black veils and loose-fitting clothing. Radical Islamists, who took control of the city months ago, are laying down their law - Sharia law - and for the first time since they've arrived, they're specifically targeting women.
Over the past few weeks, Islamists from two armed groups - Ansar Dine and Mujao, who took over northern Mali in April - have increasingly made use of corporal punishment against the local population. This includes whipping, amputations, and even stoning people to death who do not obey Sharia law. More HERE.
September 26, 2012
An Egyptian honor killing is caught on video. Viewer discretion advised.
September 28, 2012
A 15-year-old girl in the southern province of Adana is believed to have killed herself to escape her husband's violence. According to neighbors Emrah E., who is eight years older than child bride Kübra Ulas, had kidnapped and raped the girl a year ago. Thereafter, Emrah E. threatened Ulas's family and demanded they allow him to marry Ulas. Afraid, they agreed to the marriage.
September 29, 2012
A controversial Egyptian Islamic preacher warned the media that liberals were attempting to remove from the constitution restrictions on gender equality established by Islamic jurisprudence.
"We do not support violence against women, but God allowed a certain form of beating," said the preacher Borhamy, arguing that in Islam the husband is permitted to beat his wife as long as no physical damage or scar would result.
He also stated (see HERE) that "girls 14-years-old are permitted to have sexual relations under Islam and has proposed reducing the marriage age limit as a result. It is permissible for the girl at the age of 9 or 10 to marry . . ."
Female Muslim pilgrims from Nigeria who were not accompanied by male family members [per sharia law] were turned away from the hajji in Mecca, subjected to indignities and deported back to Nigeria.
September 30, 2012
Afghanistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Muzhgan Masoomi's attacker stabbed her 14 times with a thick blade used to slaughter animals, tearing wide gashes in her flesh before leaving the government worker for dead on the outskirts of the Afghan capital. Women who pursue careers in ultra-conservative Afghanistan often face opposition in a society where often they are ostracised - or worse, brutalised - for mixing with men other than husbands or relatives.
October 1, 2012
Almost 90 percent of the people found guilty of "Zina" - fornication - and sentenced to flogging in 2011 were female, according to new statistics published by the Department of Judicial Administration last week. It takes four witnesses or a confession to prove the offence in court based on Islamic Sharia. The Maldives' legal system consists of elements of both common law and Sharia.
October 2, 2012
Britain (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Police hunt for Mohammad Islam who is a suspected serial sex attacker in Southhampton. Islam was out on bail and has disappeared.
October 3, 2012
Tunsia (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Outraged Tunisians took to the streets by the hundreds Tuesday, angrily protesting the treatment of a woman who was allegedly raped by police officers -- and then charged with public indecency when she filed a complaint.
There also appears to be a cultural clash between non-Arab Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Chechnya on the one hand, and Arabs from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Jordan on the other, over the exploitation of sex slaves.
Some Islamists consider these women to be spoils of war, especially the wives and daughters of regime supporters, but local fighters are more apprehensive about the issue. Dozens of women have reportedly been sexually assaulted.
October 4, 2012
Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Two bearded ultra-conservative men in Egypt attacked four elementary schoolgirls walking down a street eating ice popsicles. The men knocked the popsicles from the girls hands and began yelling at them. They told them to stop eating the popsicles and go home.
October 5, 2012
A girl has been abducted while eight persons have been apprehended in connection of two vani [a child marriage, usually to pay off family debts] cases reported from separate localities of Mansehra.
The mother of six had her throat slashed by her Afghani husband Peer Khairi, slit open to the spine and slowly suffocated in her own blood. She had stood up to her husband and allowed her children to be westernized.
October 7, 2012
Moroccan women (one in three) struggle against violence from their husbands. One woman said that if she didn't do what he said or refused sex, he beat her and attacks her. "He then will force himself on me, but there is nothing I can do because it is isn't illegal for him to force sex on me."
October 10, 2012
A Taliban member shot a 14-year-old Pakistani girl named Malala Yousufzai in the head and in the shoulder on a school bus because the teenager had dared to speak out in favor of education for women and against Muslim extremists. Update HERE.
Kuwait (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
An unidentified Indonesian housemaid died inside the Jahra Hospital after suffering for 18 months. According to reliable sources the victim was brutally beaten by the son of her Saudi sponsor and since then had been admitted to the hospital. October 11, 2012
Mali (h/t to NewEnglishReview)
Islamists who have taken over northern Mali are "buying child soldiers" from their families for £375 and compiling a "frightening" list of unmarried women who are pregnant or had borne children, according to senior UN official. More HERE. And HERE.
October 12, 2012
A vicious Taliban attack in a residential neighborhood of Ghazni city targeted Muslim women. The attack resulted in the wounding of several innocent Muslim women and sent dozens of people running for their very lives.
October 14, 2012
Israel (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Wife beating is being preached in fundamentalist mosques in Israel.
Produced by Politicalislam.com Publisher: Bill Warner; Editor: Asma Marwan