Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pakistan's real problem with rape

Activists argue that crimes against women are not an "image problem". They say such crimes - especially rape - result from a combination of tribalism, retrogressive cultural values and a criminal justice system in a state of deep rot. These cases either involve allegations of rape against policemen or accusations that the tribal bodies have perverted the course of justice. Earlier this week, a young woman alleged that she had been gang raped by four policemen in Rawalpindi. One officer was arrested and three others are missing. The woman said the policemen barged into her house, locked her husband and uncle in a room and raped her. Last week, a 23-year-old woman from Faisalabad went public with her accusations against police in the city. A week before that, a married woman with two children in Karachi said she had been gang raped by four local men but a jirga prevented her from reporting the matter to the police. In the case of one woman from Karachi, the police refused to register a case of rape for over a month - during which time she says she was repeatedly threatened by her rapists. She eventually had to play what is known in Karachi as the "ethnic card". She is a Mohajir - a name given to Urdu-speaking migrants from India at the time of partition - while her rapists were native Sindhis. She went to the headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) - an influential Mohajir-dominated party - with her case.


At September 11, 2005 1:34 PM, Blogger PD111 said...

Trial of novelist 'shows Turkey not ready for EU'
"Turkey has not changed so much. Laws have been changed, but the thought processes, our culture and our way of seeing things... that has not changed much.;jsessionid=5VLRM4A13M1IJQFIQMFSM5WAVCBQ0JVC?xml=/news/2005/09/11/wturk11.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/09/11/ixportal.html

I sincerely hope that France and Germany put an end to the entrance of Turkey into the EU. It will spell disaster for not only the EU but Europe.


At September 11, 2005 1:45 PM, Blogger PD111 said...

Pakistan has not only problems of officially sanctioned rape but a whole host of problems, virtually all of them stemming from the ideology of islam.

Then there is the persecution of monority religions, particularly Christians. Christians are seen as a tool of the West, and thus are subject to even harsher treatment. Christian women are routinely kidnapped, raped and at best forcibly converted to islam and "married" to muslim men. All this is done with officialdom turning a blind eye, and in many instances, active collusion.

If there is a population group in the world that is routinely harrassed, kidnapped, murdered and victimised at every step, then they are Christians in muslim nations.

And yet, muslims immigrants in the Christians West, lord it over here as if they were conquerors, as well as, expect us to donate vast amounts of money to muslim nations.



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