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January 19, 2012
An increasing number of Muslim women activists are receiving death threats, fatwas and even hate-mail from extremist male and female Muslims. Their crime: Rescuing fellow Muslim women from violent and life threatening situations.
Kuwaiti women have proven they are able leaders in political, civil and social arenas although there are strong indications the number of women in parliament will decrease in the next National Assembly, say women political activists.
January 20, 2012
Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure has signed a new family law, an official said Friday, after it was revised due to pressure from Muslim groups to cut out sections providing for greater women’s freedoms.
The new version has been criticised by rights bodies such as the International Federation for Human Rights which said “the modified text goes against the very principles of equal rights and non-discrimination”.
January 21, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood won by far the biggest share of seats allocated to party lists in Egypt’s first freely-elected parliament in decades, final results confirmed, giving it a major role in drafting the country’s new constitution.
Only one woman was among the appointees which is likely to further disappoint feminist groups after women won only a handful of seats in the elections. Mubarak had traditionally used the quota to boost the representation of women and Coptic Christians. More HERE
January 22, 2012
Pakistan (h/t to JihadWatch)
The body of a teenaged girl who was allegedly killed in the name of honour was exhumed by a medical team on Saturday after the divisional bench of the Peshawar High Court ordered a re-investigation into the case. Rehnaz Bibi, 13, was allegedly shot dead by one of her cousins in September 2010. According to reports, Bibi left home to convince the boy she liked to marry her without her family’s consent.
UK (h/t to InfidelsAreCool)
A policeman was starting an 18-year jail sentence today for sex abuse which a judge described as one of the ‘most despicable’ cases he had ever heard. Judge Francis Sheriden jailed paedophile policeman Mohammed Younas after hearing how he raped a girl who was just seven years old and continued to abuse her for eight years.
January 24, 2012 Kuwait
(h/t to AtlasShrugs)
Kuwaiti police have reportedly arrested three women for not wearing any clothes underneath their abayas at a cafe in the Salmiya commercial complex, the al-Rai daily newspaper reported. The report said that a local boy told his mother that he had seen one of their naked bodies. The mother then called the police and they were arrested.
The newspaper added that the women, one of whom was a minor – allegedly told police that they had just had sex in an apartment, consumed alcohol and “had become drunk.” They had then gone to the cafe afterwards. According to Marwa Tarek, a women’s rights activist and blogger in Kuwait, the women could face a number of criminal charges, especially if they are accused of being lesbians.
Pakistan (hat tip to JihadWatch)
Allah Bachaya has surrendered himself to Rohilanwali police after killing his sister [by chopping off her legs with an axe] in the name of honour but he is confident that he will be released in a matter of days.
He told The Express Tribune that he was certain his brother-in-law would withdraw the case as it was a matter of family’s honour. “I have killed her because she brought disgrace to the family’s name,” Bachaya said. “She had become a nuisance. I feel no remorse over my actions. I am backed by the family. They were in favour of my decision to kill her,” he said.
January 25, 2012
A Muslim man who raped women to ‘teach them a lesson’ for being on the streets at night was jailed indefinitely today because of the danger he poses to women.
Sunny Islam, 23, who comes from a strict Muslim family, dragged his terrified victims – including a 15-year-old – from the street at knifepoint, bound and assaulted them during a two-month reign of terror. Police fear that Islam may have attacked many more.
Egypt (hat tip to AtlasShrugs)
A foreign woman was stripped and sexually assaulted on Wednesday evening in Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square, one eyewitness said on Twitter and another confirmed in an email to Bikyamasr.com. The woman, who’s identity has not been revealed, was taken away in an ambulance after being assaulted for 10 minutes. Her husband reportedly was unable to intervene and witnessed the incident.
“I saw the woman and then dozens of men surrounded her and started grabbing her, when she screamed for help some people came, but they were hit in the face,” wrote one witness. What happened next was “appalling,” said the trusted witness, who asked for anonymity. “The men just started tearing at her clothes and grabbing her body all over. When she fought back, they pushed her. It was chaos.” There were unconfirmed reports that the men “violated” her with their hands.
January 26, 2012
A video highlighting the circumstances of the deaths of four women, three sisters and their “aunt” who turned out to be their father’s polygamous wife. The father was caught on police bug of his van saying, “May the devil defecate on their graves.” More on the trial case HERE and HERE. Update and verdict HERE.
A Struggle for Justice: Incest Victims in Pakistan (pdf)
A study by the University of Sherbrooke shows there have been 12 honour-killing victims in Canada since 1999 compared with three between 1954 and 1983. All of the cases involved at least one female victim, and all of the killers were immigrants, according to the study that appears in the latest issue of the Canadian Criminal Law Review. Most of the perpetrators were men, usually of Muslim or Sikh background, and the average victim was 21 years old.
Turkey (h/t to IslamVersusEurope)
Women are partly to blame for Turkey’s ever-rising number of women’s murders, a retired police chief has said in an article for the January edition of the Contemporary Police Journal magazine.
“Naturally our women are in a position of victimhood against men due to the [discrepancy between their levels of] physical strength. It is not possible to say the same, however, with respect to [women’s use of] language and gestures. The blame for the murders cannot be squarely placed on men’s shoulders.”
January 27, 2012
The United Nations (UN) reports that 5,000 Muslim women and girls are killed every year in the name of Islam. The UN uses the term “honor killings.” In reality there are thousands more killed but never reported, or the investigative agency does not realize the death was related to Islamic values. Also videos about honor killings.
“Women are not as mentally alert as men,” says Muslim Brotherhood member Dr. Mohammed Ghanem in an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine.
January 30, 2012
For months, in an ordinary house in a Wellington suburb, a 17-year-old Pakistani was held hostage, trapped in a marriage forced on her by her parents and threatened with death.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, was married in 2010 without her consent or knowledge after her Muslim parents learned she had a Hindu boyfriend and became concerned she was too westernised. The man they chose for her was a distant relative, a 21-year-old she had met in passing.
Girls as young as nine are being forced to marry in mosques in Islington, according to the findings of a leading women’s rights group. The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) has reported that at least 30 forced marriages took place in the borough in 2010, involving at least three 11-year old and two 9-year old girls. Similarly, the Ministry of Justice revealed details of over 30 applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders in 2011, of which “five or fewer” were made to protect children aged 9 to 11.
January 3, 2012
Afghanistan (h/t to Jaye)
An Afghan woman has been arrested for ‘helping strangle her daughter-in-law to death because she gave birth to an ‘undesired’ third daughter’.
Mother-in-law Wali Hazrata is said to have tied the feet of 22-year-old Stori, which allowed the victim’s local militia member husband Sher Mohammad to strangle her. More HERE.
February 2, 2012
UK (h/t to GatesOfVienna)
Shamima Akhtar, 18, was bundled into a car, called a whore and a prostitute and had her waist-length hair cut to her neck by her two older sisters, Nadiya, 25, and Nazira, 29, and brother Kayum Mohammed-Abdul, 24. They had “screeched” in the car park of a restaurant in Basingstoke, Hampshire, when they saw her kissing Gary Pain on April 1 last year as she celebrated her 18th birthday. An “extremely aggressive and threatening” Mohammed-Abdul grabbed Mr Pain by the throat as Miss Akhtar was “firmly escorted” to the car and thrown in, Peter Asteris, prosecuting, told the jury.
The case centred on “honour-based domestic violence”, the court heard, in which Miss Akhtar was punished for breaking her family’s rules. Miss Akhtar came from a strict Islamic family and was controlled by her siblings, but she considered herself Westernised, the court heard. All three defendants deny kidnap, actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.
February 5, 2012
Pakistan (h/t JihadWatch)
Kot Chuttha police have arrested a man who has admitted to killing his wife, Samina, her sister (his brother’s wife) and their mother in collusion with his brother in a Dera Ghazi Khan village. Talking to The Express Tribune at the police station, Ismaeel said he did not believe he had committed a crime. “My wife and her sister (his brother’s wife) had loose morals. They deserved death. I can’t let my wife talk to other men,” he said.
February 7, 2012
Four Muslim men gang raped and robbed a Burmese woman in front of her husband.
The orphaned youngster from Pakistan, who is profoundly deaf and has no speech, was locked in a cellar each night where she would sleep on a concrete floor and by day was forced to work for no money and was sexually assaulted. Her alleged abusers were Ilyas Ashar, 83, and his wife, Tallat Ashar, 66, who deny charges of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offences, violence and benefit fraud.
Canada (h/t barenakedislam)
The Montreal police Child Sexual Exploitation Investigations Section has announced the arrest of six young men in a case of human trafficking and prostitution. Two underage girls allegedly met the suspects in February 2011 and were forced into prostitution. The girls told police that they managed to flee to their freedom a week later.
Canada (h/t to Vlad Tepes)
A Toronto cook who strangled his wife while their newborn son lay in a nearby bedroom has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Yeasmin was found dead in the apartment bathtub with a scarf, knotted in the middle, around her neck on Aug. 28, 2008. The scarf was left to make it look like she had committed suicide, court heard.
The Netherlands (translation by IslaminEurope)
A 32 year old Iraqi was sentenced yesterday in Leuven to four months in prison and a fine of 275 euro. The man had physically and verbally attacked four Moroccan girls in the Leuven pool on September 12, 2010. The girls were wearing bathing suits, and the man told them that they shouldn’t be wearing that according to Islam. One victim was slapped twice in the face and had to be taken to hospital.
February 10, 2012
USA (h/t to AtlasShrugs)
An Iraqi woman has been arrested in Arizona accused of beating her daughter and padlocking her to a bed in outrage after she spoke to a male student at school in violation of the family’s traditional values, police said. Update HERE.
February 14, 2012
“Palestine” (h/t to AtlasShrugs)
A Palestinian mother waited for her 16-year-old daughter to go to bed, tied a rope around her neck and strangled her to death. The woman murdered her own daughter after neighbours lied to her that the girl had an affair with their son.
The crime, which moved local residents, had remained underground for a while before it was revealed by police and a Palestinian female activist, who described it as “one of the most heinous criminal acts” in Palestine
February 15, 2012
Denmark (translation by islamineurope)
A seventeen year old teenager from Copenhagen has been remanded to 14 days in custody for beating his fourteen year old sister. The brother apparently believed his sister’s lifestyle violated the family’s honor.
The police were called in when a neighbor saw the girl, who was walking around with very little on. The brother had beaten, stomped and kicked his sister. He also beat her with a vacuum-cleaner.
The woman is said to have been subjected to years of abuse after being trafficked into Britain from Pakistan. It is alleged that she was locked in a cellar by Ilyas Ashar, 83, and his wife Tallat Ashar, 66, at their home on Cromwell Road in Eccles, Salford, and forced to sew, wash, cook and clean without pay. February 19, 2012
Female traffic cops (called wardens) no longer work in Lahore. Wardens and their bosses said the women had been driven away for various reasons, but largely because of harassment by men and social conventions that discourage women from being out on the streets.
Tourist Daniel Gunn, 30, who recorded the episode, said he had kissed his girlfriend on the cheek in the hall area and this infuriated the Arab man. “I tried to calm him down but he got angrier,” said the Canadian.
Pakistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Ghulam Muhammadabad police have taken into custody a woman and her two sons for interrogation about the whereabouts of her third son who is accused of throwing acid on four women.
Saudi Arabia (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
Saudi police arrested a 35-year-old local girl just a month after she was released and court officials said it was her choice as she refused to return to her father.
The girl, an assistant dentist, was first arrested because she left her father’s house and lived with her divorced mother, saying he had refused her marriage and that he had a big family from the second wife.