Rise Up Islamic Women And Slay Your Oppressors
Blood dripped down the 16-year-old girl's face after another beating by her drug addict husband. Worn down by life's pain, she ran to the kitchen, doused herself with gas from a lamp and struck a match.
Desperate to escape domestic violence, forced marriage and hardship, scores of women across Afghanistan each year are committing suicide by fire. While some gains have been made since the fall of the Taliban five years ago, life remains bleak for many Afghan women in the conservative and violence-plagued country, and suicide is a common escape.
Worldwide, women are no strangers to domestic violence. It’s their birthright for having been born into a world where the human male is physically stronger, aggressive and holds the reins of power.
Five years after the fall of the repressive Taliban regime, domestic violence affects "an overwhelming majority" of Afghan women and girls, according to a recent report from Womankind, an international women's rights groups.
Even though the repressive Islamic and theocratic Taliban government has been replaced, the controlling cultural/religious parameters are still in effect.
For Gulsum, who goes by one name, the marriage proposal came with a simple cultural gesture her father could not refuse: The groom's sister-in-law lay her newborn son at the father's feet — an act signifying purity and innocence — and asked for the girl's hand.
"My father said, 'The baby is like a holy book, so I can't say no,'" the teenager recalled of her abrupt betrothal last year to a white-haired, 40-year-old man. "In the tradition of our country, when our fathers give us away to be married, we have no choice but to accept."Also in the tradition of her land, the cold hard fact is that it is males that have premier value and females are basically chattel. Compassion plays second fiddle to personal and family-name honor, both buttressed by Sharia law.
Her husband and his family did not help the burning girl. Their neighbor wrapped her in a blanket to put out the fire and took her to the hospital.
This story is nothing more than another slice of radical Islamic life. You can not reason with nor negotiate with people who know that they are correct and that they are doing Allah’s will. Even the female victim’s ascribe to the insanity; otherwise in the middle of the night they would all cut the throats of their fathers, uncles, brothers, and husbands.