Thursday, July 3, 2014

More Violence Against Women in Pakistan

This is horrible and barbaric by any standards, but this level of violence against women is commonplace in Islamic Republic Pakistan, "The Land of The Pure".  As brutal as this story is, there are worse attacks committed against women on a regular basis, such as throwing acid, dousing them with gasoline and setting them on fire and stoning them to death.  All this violence is ingrained in Pakistani society based on combination of tribalism and Islam.

While the Pakistani constitution seemingly grants equality to all citizens, it is superseded by Sharia law as per these few lines from the constitution:

"Wherein the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed;

Wherein the Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah"

Inasmuch as Islam recognizes no other authority, all the legal blather is meaningless and the daily lives of citizens are in reality controlled by Sharia.


Domestic violence: Man cuts off wife’s nose, keeps her locked up for 19 days

By Fazal Khaliq

Published: July 3, 2014

She was then kept a prisoner in her own home for weeks, beaten up as she had been for 11 years, shared Shahida.. PHOTO: FILE

MINGORA: When Shahida was seven, she was married off to a 19-year-old boy as part of a watta satta (bride exchange). As violating as a child marriage can be, she probably did not foresee physical torture as a part of her everyday life. Yet, 11 years later, after regular helpings of psychological abuse and battering, Shahida experienced the kind of violence most people only hear about.

May 16 could have been another day of ‘routine’ beating but it changed tenor quickly as her husband Sahibzada tied her up to a chair and started pummelling her. “He then cut at my nose, chopped it off. It didn’t stop there; his mother joined him and kept beating me for two days,” Shahida told The Express Tribune inside the office of Khwando Jirga, Saidu Sharif. She was then kept a prisoner in her own home for weeks, beaten up as she had been for 11 years, shared Shahida.

11 years, 19 days

After cutting off her nose, Sahibzada handed her a gun, claimed the disfigured teenager. “He told me to kill my father and then pin the blame of my facial disfigurement on him,” said Shahida.

However, on her 19th day in captivity, Shahida managed to escape, but without her one-and-a-half-year-old son. She snuck out around midnight and ran to her parents’ house, which she reached early morning. After hearing her ordeal, her parents rushed her to Saidu Sharif Hospital from where she was referred to Hayatabad Medical Complex.

Shahida has undergone two surgeries at HMC in the short span of one and a half month. Her third surgery has been scheduled to take place after Ramazan.

No end in sight

Article continues HERE.