Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Wonderful 'Justice' of Sharia

Via The Adventuress:

An Indian Muslim woman who was raped by her own father-in-law has been ordered to divorce her husband by the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board. (Muslims in India have their own sharia-compliant laws and courts that apply to divorce, child custody, inheritance, and other family matters -- something that some Muslims are seeking to introduce in the West as well.) The woman and her husband have five children: "As per the Koran, Imrana's conjugal relationship with her husband stood dissolved since she has been raped by the latter's blood relative," the board's woman member Begum Naseem Iqtedar Ali told reporters here. "Had she been raped by anyone other than a blood relation, she could have stayed with her husband ... but here a sacred relationship had been violated, the consequences of which have to be borne by Imrana and her husband Noor Ilahi," she said. But Imrana could remarry if she wanted to, she added.

6 Comments:

At June 30, 2005 8:49 AM, Blogger ik said...

Here is an article in an Indian newspaper. Unfortunately the newspaper has a crappy web site and the links will not work after one day.
(If you find this article too long - delete it)
http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=OPED&file_name=opd3%2Etxt&counter_img=3

Duplicity of the Left (Indian Left)

Anuradha Dutt

If the duplicity of leftist intellectuals and activists was in doubt, two incidents serve to expose them completely. The first concerns their silence on the shocking case involving the rape of Imrana Bibi by her father-in-law, and subsequent issue of a fatwa by a Deoband cleric prohibiting her from living with her husband. The woman, thereby doubly victimised, may have little hope of redressal within the framework of Islamic law, which, in the present instance, seems to hold her in the wrong.

By contrast, Hindu women, in view of the codification of laws for their community on modern, secular lines, have access to a criminal justice system that acknowledges rape as a cognisable offence.

Sadly for Imrana, even the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which is yet to eliminate the barbaric practice of triple talaq - considered un-Islamic - is reported to have endorsed the despicable fatwa. Muslim intellectuals and journalists who zealously guard their personal law against attempts at reforms so that it becomes more equitable in terms of gender and community relations, have scarcely spoken on her behalf.

Permitted so long by free India's rulers to exist on an island of medievalism amid a sea of modernity, Muslims, in general, appear to be oblivious to the terrible injustice suffered by the victim. Feminists, particularly of the Left, who have made a career out of crying themselves hoarse over transgressions involving Hindus, are also quiet.

Among political parties, it is the BJP alone that has taken up the woman's cause, with spokesman Arun Jaitley underlining the urgent need for India to implement a uniform civil code. At the least, Muslim personal law should be reformed in order to protect women from its misuse and to make it conform to the constitutional pledge of granting all Indians equal rights and a life of dignity.

The Congress, which is to blame for allowing Muslims to retain an outdated personal law in a secular democracy, is naturally unwilling to act. And, the Left, always vocal while endorsing the community's right to disputed pilgrimages such as the one at Ayodhya even as it targets Hindu practices and religious leaders, has hidden its head like ostrich-like in the sand.

CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat, commonly seen to be a proponent of women's rights at public fora, has not dared to condemn the outrage perpetrated against Imrana by mean, narrow-minded clerics. Neither she, nor others of her ilk have bothered to endorse Mr Jaitley's proposal for a uniform civil code though one might have assumed that egalitarian, liberal ideologues would be the first to voice such a demand.

Her silence possibly owes to her party's long-standing stratagem of nurturing the Muslim votebank by playing up to its weaknesses, which has yielded the desired results in its bastion West Bengal and occasionally, Kerala. Yet, the lady has exerted herself to target the renowned Patanjali yoga exponent Swami Ramdev on the charge of adulterating ayurvedic medicines prepared at his Hardwar ashram with human and animal remains.

The episode provides further proof of the Left's deceit. While turning a blind eye to the excesses committed by Islamic prelates as they deploy occult intercessions on behalf of the superstitious among their flock - lethal practices that have been graphically portrayed by TV news channels she has demanded a probe into the swami's affairs.

The guru, who is daily watched on television by lakhs of viewers, has triggered a revolution of sorts in the sphere of holistic health by his demonstrations of yogic kriyas as well as vegetarian dietary remedies for maladies. His debunking of American colas and fast food as much as the mammoth allopathic medical industry has made him many enemies. His supporters suspect that the attack on him is part of a conspiracy to destroy his reputation.

Certainly, the swami's spiralling popularity and the effectiveness of his prescription for a healthy life have served to make many Indians value their own heritage. His successful propagation of Patanjali yoga has indirectly won new adherents to the Hindu cause since the swami also happens to be extremely nationalistic in his discourses. And, his brand of patriotism has a spiritual flavour, akin to Swami Vivekanand's.

This may have induced CITU, the CPI(M)'s trade union wing, to mount the attack on him by joining disgruntled ashram workers. For, the eventuality most feared by communists and Congress alike is a Hindu resurgence, spearheaded by religious gurus rather than power-hungry politicians. They would do their best to nip it in the bud.

 
At June 30, 2005 3:02 PM, Blogger erp said...

Allah forgives Muslim men who rape and condemns the woman because it is the woman who provokes the rape by being just too darn tempting. It's those black shrouds that drive men wild.

A woman thus victimized by a family member must divorce her husband and leave her home and children because she has dishonored them -- the Islamic version of Catch 22.

Fine and dandy, but what about Indian law? Does Indian law allow Islamic law to supercede it? If rape is a crime in India, why isn't this self-proclaimed rapist in jail? Are there no divorce courts to determine the guilty party, to decide who gets custody of the children, to address issues of alimony to a wife who's been tossed out on the street?

Allowing Islam's barbaric laws to exist as separate from the law of the land within a democracy like India is a disgrace and a prelude to a similar bifurcation of the legal system in Europe and even Canada.

 
At June 30, 2005 4:28 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

I understand the rapist is in jail, but that still doesn't excuse the injustice perpetrated on this woman. Additional reporting says she also lost custody of her children. So she loses her husband, most likely her only means of support, and her children, for the "crime" of having been raped. What justice has been served here?

No justice; merely blind submission to an outdated, unjust system of law.

 
At June 30, 2005 4:29 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

ik, thanks for the Indian article. The Left in India behave eerily like the Left in the West.

 
At July 01, 2005 7:20 AM, Blogger ik said...

Irene - the reason that the left in India behaves like the Western left is because it was fathered and is continuously nurtured by parts (academia/media) of the West. (not trying to blame the West - just pointing out some facts)

There is a whole network of people (in the West) who give "awards" / visiting lecture tours/academic scholarships/student exchange programs /media jobs in the West etc. which people in "third world countries" crave for (because we live in poor countries and look up to the West as an example of success). The people in the West who give these awards/recognition/fully paid invitations to seminars/lecture tours etc. are all hard core Western leftists. They also control the media in the West (and now increasingly worldwide - eg. CNN/BBC) and they decide who becomes famous and whose voice is heard.

I will give you one example of an Indian "author" Arundhati Ray (she is a committed hard core communist - http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/nov/15naxal.htm) who was completely unheard of in India until the British gave her the "Booker Prize" (aka Hooker prize;)) and gave her a huge amount of publicity on CNN/BBC wherein she became an overnight celebrity. She openly advocates violent revolution and she was recently awarded the "Sidney Peace Prize" (I just hope they do not give her the Nobel Peace Prize) Each of these prizes are worth several 100,000 dollars (US$)

There is a large market in the West for people who "project" India in a certain way (negative way obviously) and she took full advantage of it. (I do not know why this market exists - maybe the West is insecure about its continuing success and needs these "Uncle Toms" to tell them that the "natives are savages")

Following her example several other Indians have followed down that path and all made a lot of money and got famous as a bonus. - obviously they damaged India's image in the process but then they do not care about that anyway.

The solution to this is the destruction of the Western left which will automaticaly put an end to these "free riders".

Another solution ("the Chinese way") is for India to become as rich and powerful as the West and then crush all the Indian leftists while ignoring the uproar in the Western Media from the leftist "brothers/comrades"

 
At July 03, 2005 7:58 PM, Blogger ik said...

In case anyone is still following this thread

It is high time India's claims to being a secular nation are put to test. The test of a secular nation is that ALL citizens irrespective of caste, sex, religion enjoy the same rights. India fails this test miserably as the Muslims enjoy rights and privileges denied to other citizens. On the other hand the test of an Islamic nation is that the Muslims enjoy privileges and rights denied to others. India passes this test with flying colours.
Like in the old fable about the Emperor's new clothes millions of Indians have been fooled by the Congress and other secular parties about the secular nature of the state when in fact it is an Islamic nation. In the fable the people were aware that the Emperor was naked, they just went along for fear of being called 'liars'. In India the vast majority is blissfully unaware that they are living in an Islamic country. The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, its cheerleaders and secular opinion leaders have pulled a massive fraud of sub-continental proportions. It is high time this Islamic nation is dismantled with the introduction of a Uniform Civil Code, at all costs.
The majority community needs to understand that the 'secular' parties are agents of Islam faithfully implementing the Islamic agenda of Islamizing the sub-continent. These parties are only interested in serving the Muslim masters. The real villians of India's Islamic fix should be unmasked and held accountable.

 

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