Epidemic of acid-attacks on Islamic women

Barbara

I recently received two emails containing some very horrifying stories along with even more horrifying pictures. One was entitled “Epidemic of Acid-Attack on Women in Pakistan”, the article is about women who volunteered to lift their veil and show their burned faces and let a picture speak a thousand words and tell their truth. These women are courageous because they are Muslim women and under Sharia law the act of showing her face is a crime, even if it’s burned and no longer resembles a woman’s face.

 I want you to think about this — these women are victims of a heinous crime. However, the heinous crime is not considered as such, it is considered an act of defending ones honor. A man whose marriage proposal is refused is defending his honor by throwing acid onto the body of the woman who refused his proposal. How dare she refuse him, his feelings are hurt and he is just so pissed off. But hey, we are talking about Islam, where men whose feelings are hurt by a woman get to act out their anger.

Yep, in Islam Mr. Refused is told not to seek counseling but seek revenge –throw acid in her face, you can even make a human torch out of her, you need to defend your honor man and we will back you up –you are the victim and she wears a veil that covers her face so we can hide our methods of peaceful honor defending. That is until she decides to lift her veil and show the world the horrific barbaric truth of what really goes on within the walls of the honorable religion of peace.

Warning the following photos are graphic and horrifying and real!  

Story of Irum Saeed

Irum Saeed, 30, is a resident of Rawalpindi. She recalls how 12 years ago, when she was only 17, a boy, whose marriage proposal she had rejected, followed her to her college. The street he chose for the scene of crime was narrow, and Irum was unable to escape his hot pursuit of her. The rejected boy proceeded to throw a jug full of acid on her. As she turned to avoid this, he threw the remaining acid onto her back and shoulders, badly burning them. The photograph was taken at her office at the Urdu University of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday, July 24, 2008. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars.

 
 

Story of Shameem Akhter

Shameem Akhter’s face was mutilated with acid when she was only 17. Now aged 20, she is still unable to comprehend how she fell victim to criminals, who kidnapped and raped her for revenge. Then they left her face mutilated, hoping her appearance would silence her forever and ensure that she would never marry. They have succeeded in destroying her life and much of her spirit. Shameem has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to repair from her scars.

 
 

 Story of Najaf Sultana

Najaf Sultana, now 16, of Lahore, was burned by her father at the age of five while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn’t want to have another girl in the family. The burning left Najaf blind. Abandoned by both her parents, she now lives with relatives. She has undergone plastic surgery around 15 times to try to repair her scars.

 
 

 
 

 Story of Shehnaz Usman

Shehnaz Usman, now 36, of Lahore was burned with acid by a relative due to a family dispute five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery 10 times.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Story of Shahnaz Bibi

Shahnaz Bibi, now 35, of Lahore, was burned with acid ten years ago by a relative due to a family dispute. She has never undergone plastic surgery.

 
 

 
 

 
 

Story of Kanwal Kayum

Kanwal Kayum, now 26, of Lahore was burned with acid one year ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has never undergone plastic surgery.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Munira Asef

Munira Asef, now 23, of Lahore was burned with acid five years ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has undergone plastic surgery 7 times to try to heal her scars.

 
 

 
 

 

 Story of Bushra Shari

Bushra Shari, 39, of Lahore was burned with acid thrown by her husband five years ago because she wanted to divorce him. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Memuna Khan

Memuna Khan, 21, of Karachi was burned by a group of boys who threw acid on her to settle a dispute between their family and Menuna’s. She has undergone plastic surgery 21 times.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Zainab Bibi

Zainab Bibi, 17, of Islamabad was burned five years ago by throwing acid on her face a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has undergone plastic surgery several times.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Naila Farhat

Naila Farhat, 19, of Islamabad was burned five years ago by throwing acid on her face by a boy for rejecting his marriage proposal. She has undergone plastic surgery several times.

The case of Naila Farhat was brought to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in November 2008 and received great publicity. The perpetrator was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay Rupees1.2 million in damages. This represented a landmark decisions in dealing with gender violence, but the judgment could hardly stem the menace of acid-throwing. This was also somewhat exceptional case in the landscape of acid attacks in Pakistan. In most cases, measures, if at all taken, are still disproportionately low as compared to the sufferings inflicted by the attacks.

 Story of Saira Liaqat

Saira Liaqat, 26, of Lahore was 15, when she was married to a relative. The families had agreed she would join him only after finishing school. But then he demanded her to live with him after the marriage and eventually attacked her with acid when his demand was not met. Saira has undergone plastic surgery 9 times.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Zubaida Khatoon

Zubaida Khatoon was burnt by her husband to resolve an argument. Her husband had made it a hobby of frequently marrying women from families to lower economic groups. When she discovered this, Zubaida protested his actions. He tried to settle the argument by setting her on fire after pouring kerosene on her. Raising an objection to his lechery was all needed for her to bear these scars.

 
 

 
 

 Story of Nasreen Sharif

Nasreen Sharif, 23, was once a beautiful girl. When she turned 14, her cousin poured a bottle of sulphuric acid on her face as she slept. His excuse was that he couldn’t stand other boys whistling at her (because of he beauty) when she crossed the street. She no longer bears any resemblance to that youthful beauty. “My skin melted and my hair burned away. I am now blind, I have no ears and I have no sense of smell”,
says Nasreen.

 
 Story of Parveen Akhtar

Parveen Akhtar, 38, from Jehlum found her life changed when her husband asked her for her written permission to allow him to remarry. Her refusal to it angered him and he tried to murder her by dousing her body with kerosene and setting it alight. He portrayed the incident as an accident and told people that he wanted to remarry because she cannot bear children.

 Story of Bashiran Bibi

Nearly 25 years ago, newly-married Bashiran Bibi (now 57), a resident of Sukheki, Pakistan, was pushed by her mother-in-law into a coal stove. The family proclaimed it to be an accident. Her husband blamed it on a fit of epilepsy that she suffers from. Resolved to her fate, Bashiran continues to live with her husband and in-laws and gave birth to 5 children after this “accident”. Whatever money is donated to Bashiran’s cause, her husband uses it for himself and doesn’t spend any on her treatment.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Mumtaz Bibi

Mumtaz Bibi, 39, from Khairpur, Pakistan, came under her husband’s wrath while trying to protect her daughters. Her offence was that she refused to let him selling off her girls, shielding them with her life. Because of her lack of compliance, her husband poured acid all over her body, then proceeded to divorce her.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 Story of Tasneem Shahzad

24-year-old Tasneem Shahzad’s story is repeated all too often. A girl, too poor to bring much demanded dowry, she bore the wrath of greedy in-laws. Tasneem’s ex-husband was an addict. It was left to her to support her own household as well as that of her extended family. Tasneem worked in several homes to support all those who depended on her. However, that was not pleasing enough for her greedy in-laws. One day, her clothes were set on fire by her rapacious in-laws and she suffered severe burns. They then proceeded to try and prove that the incident was an accident.

  Rays of Hope

Amidst this grim state of affairs for the unfortunate women of Pakistan, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is working to expose the extent of the gender-violence in Pakistan and the misogynist mindset behind it, which is spreading within the Pakistani Middle Class. The AHRC is working closely with acid-attack victims as part of its involvement for denouncing human rights violations across Asia. 

The Depilex Smileagain Foundation is another organization, which is working with victims of acid-attack to help them smile again, however impossible a task it may appear: they are trying to make impossible possible. In fact, DSF is working in partnership with the Italian NGO Smileagain Foundation that believes, “There is every possibility that these survivors can manage to live the rest of their lives with dignity, with some help.”

A team of Italian doctors, linked to Italian Smileagain Foundation, visit Pakistan every three months to conduct operations on those victims in an effort to give them back as normal a life as possible.

In September, 2008, the team visited Lahore where they carried out two operations and then proceeded to Multan, where surgeries were carried out in Bakhtawar Amin Memorial Trust Hospital. Some 60 patients were evaluated and 8 surgeries carried out.

The stories from Mutlan were strangely different. This is an area where people have property and the disputes often revolve around inheritance. Here wrath knows no gender. Whereas in other parts of the country it is often women who are burnt by acid or fires, here there are as many male victims as well. Those who have been working with Smileagain Foundation, say that what they have seen in Multan is very similar to what occurs in Bangladesh. Property encourages men to lead an idle life, it leads them to indulge in pursuits of personal pleasure, and when they see a chunk of their means of this blissful idle life slipping away, their greed turns them into violent criminals.

Undoubtedly, the life of misery and horror the victims of acid-attacks have to live on is hard to comprehend. While organizations like Smileagain Foundation works toward giving these devastated victims as dignified and normal a life as possible, let us hope that works of Human Rights groups, such as AHRC, of the media and civil-society groups help expose and discredit the Islam-motivated misogyny that is responsible for the malaise, which only can cure this problem and help restore women as a dignified and equal part of men in Pakistan and any other society

44 Responses

  1. Just a note to those who are busy typing me emails
    that threaten and call me. “Islamaphobic”
    Please tell me in what other countries this horror
    Is encouraged. Other than Islam?
    Times up….when you start speaking as courageously
    as these women have for the rights of women..I
    I may listen to you…all I hear is your silence or
    Worse your rhetoric.
    Silence is not spoken here . These women are lifting
    their veil of silence you can join them in condemning
    this or you can crawl back into your hole.

    • first off, islam isn’t a country. it’s a religion.
      secondly, the men/women who engage in these activities definitely aren’t an accurate reflection of islam itself. these people just misinterpret holy scriptures to give themselves the upper edge. islam doesn’t encourage any of this stuff, it’s the people and how they are raised through old customs and traditions. you can’t blame the religion, you can only blame the people themselves. the religion has nothing to do with any of this, because if it did i’m pretty sure you’d see this type of news all over other countries as well.
      islam doesn’t “teach” or “preach” anyone to pour acid on anyone’s face or light them on fire over silly disputes about property or money. no religion does. everyone just interprets religion in their own way… and the offending people here have obviously misinterpreted it. so please, stop blaming islam for all of this. it’s those mens’ fault, and no one elses.

      • Thank you. no need to tarnish a perfectly good religion. I agree that these crimes are terrible, but Islam does not teach this.

        • Perfectly good religion? I doubt that any religion is perfectly good. Still it says something about the nature of Islam that only people raised as muslims do this. The fact that the majority of islam doersn’t stand against it, to stop it and to punish the perpetrators, shows that even the average muslim is willing to stand by and do nothing, in otherwords gives their tacit approval.

        • Perfectly good religion? I am speechless!

        • then you do not read your koran

          • No Jeana I do not read my Koran!

            It is not my Koran and I do not read it – but I do read the newspapers and I do see the result of those who read the Koran and I did see the building fall across the river and I did see the massacre at Ft. Hood and I do see the stoning and I did see the faces of these women and I did hear of the beheadings and I do know about the daughters slain at the hands of their fathers while the mothers helped. And I did here the words of the Muslims as they did these deeds calling out to Allah saying he is great! Indeed Allah is great- but your Mohammad who teaches Islam radicalism is not!

            BettyJean Downing-Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United Founder: W.O.M.E.N. Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill

      • If the behaviour of a people is not an accurate reflection of their strongest identity (their religion) then what is?. Of course it speaks volumes about the nature of Islam that only people raised as muslims do this. The fact that the majority of islam doersn’t stand against it, to stop it and to punish the perpetrators, shows that even the average muslim is willing to stand by and do nothing, in otherwords gives their tacit approval. If the majority was really against this behaviour, it wouldn’t persist.

        • Douwe,
          You make a very fair point- this seems to be the only religion that perpetrates this horror on anyone and those who commit these crimes blame it on their religion and those who stand by and do nothing condone it by their tacit approval. Instead they try to pacify us saying it is not taught by their religion. Why then are Muslims doing this in the name of Islam instead of in the name of any other religion. Why then are thy killing non muslims? Why are they the only ones throwing acid in their women’s faces? Stoning their women and forcing them into Burqua’s?
          Give me a break this is Islam – radical Islams but islam and clearly it is taught by islam. Anyone who cannot accept and reject the facts is part of a serious cover-up and therefore just as seriously dangerous.

  2. Heartbreaking and angering. It is just unspeakable.

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  4. seriously Pakistan does not represent Islam, even if it calls itself a Islamic state, it doesn’t run on sharia law, it runs on whose the richest.

    The police are corrupt and if you so much as try and show them the Qur’an and what it says about women’s rights, it has a whole chapter about women’s rights, they’d lock you up.

    its a messed up country with alot of angry inhabitants, no way does it represent Islam as a whole, in fact theres no ‘muslim’ country that does since even saudi is monarchy which isn’t how its supposed to be..

  5. So you’ve seen the faces and read the article and the comment you have is..
    “seriously Pakistan does not represent Islam, even if it calls itself a Islamic state, it doesn’t run on sharia law, it runs on whose the richest.

    its a messed up country with alot of angry inhabitants, no way does it represent Islam as a whole, in fact theres no ‘muslim’ country that does since even saudi is monarchy which isn’t how its supposed to be.”.

    Well seriously, I am tired of the constant defense that begins with “Islam is so misunderstood, misinterpreted and ends with that is not Islam”

    The article featured IS about the burning of faces of women under the veil of Islam.
    Your comment begins with not the shame, the disgrace, the horror of what IS being done to women in the name of the religion Islam. but with “Pakistan does not represent Islam even though it calls itself an Islamic country”
    This is a perfect example of whatever act of violence being referenced that are being committed in the name of Islam are ignored in favor of the “where do they learn this from, its not in the Qur’an?
    Maybe it was from this scripture.
    But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads, Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of iron Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning. (22:19-22)

    To look at these faces and comment with rhetoric is sadly why acts such as these continue daily.
    Attacking me enables the perpetrators of violence in the name of Islam to continue. Here is a thought attack the perpetrators who have misinterpreted the Qur,an.
    It is not about what country these women are from, it is about the fact that these women have had their faces burned in the name of honor.
    The photos did come from Pakistan, but trust me they could be from any place with a Muslim population. Pakistan may also be defined as you have “a messed up country with a lot of angry inhabitants” but it is indeed recognized as an Islamic country.
    I receive hundreds of photos from “messed up countries with lots of angry inhabitants” and the one thing these angry inhabitants have in common is the religion of Peace.

    Let’s see I posted horrific photos of a whole village of Christian women and children massacred by Muslims.

    http://www.anglicandioceseofjos.org/dogo.html

    Seems the Muslims responsible misinterpreted this passage ” and slay them wherever you find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out and fight them until prosecution is no more and religion is for Allah..Qur’an 2;191-193.
    If these and the many scriptures are being misinterpreted may I suggest you and yours form a “group” that speaks to those Muslims such as these who just haven’t been taught the Peaceful message of Allah and Muhammad as you have.
    People are dying while you’re giving history, geography,”feminist airs” and any of the other irrelevant lessons you post to me. I’ve spent 30 years asking questions like Who is the religion of Peace and why do they want to kill me.
    Your time would be better spent speaking to the violence rather than ignoring it to make irrelevant points.
    May I suggest some group activities such as contacting the smile again foundation they treat the Muslim women, like the ones featured, remember that’s what the article was about women who have been mutilated, they are now treating Aisha the Afghanistan girl who had her nose and ears cut off.
    There are many organizations that
    desperately need to hear from Muslims that condemn the violence. They’re looking for Muslims who are as outraged over the desecration of human life as they are about the desecration of the Qur’an and cartoons of Muhammad. If you know any please have them come forward and speak to the violence.

    I sincerely don’t have the time to debate
    the irrelevant issue of your opinion
    “no way does it represent Islam as a whole, in fact threes no ‘muslim’ country that does since even saudi is monarchy which isn’t how its supposed to be..”

    Only to say Muslims as a whole need to step up and condemn the violence, whether it be misinterpreted or not, Condemn it.
    As far as your belief that no “muslim” country represents Islam including Saudi Arabia..that’s more irrelevant rhetoric.

    The fact is and it is the only fact that concerns me,
    there is so much violence in this world and every horrific story every horrifying photo has the Religion of Peace attached to it.

    Condemn it.
    Speak to what is relevant.. the violence.

    • I am not Muslim, nor am I currently representative of any faith but Timothy McVeigh and the KKK claimed Christianity, do we say all Christians are extremists just because of a few? Number-wise there have been more deaths by Christians (or proclaimed Christians) than by Islam (or proclaimed Muslims) and I think we need to look at this from a cultural stand point. That part of the world seems filled with hate and inhumane acts.
      I have been reading both the Quran and the Bible as I am on a faith search and it seems to me that both have aspects that by today’s standards people would agree and not agree with. If any person were to take the basic lessons of each of these religions and live by them rather then spinning them to their own needs then there would be none of this.
      Unfortunately, everything is interpretive and We as humans have a way of breaking even the noblest of gestures. But I must say the Quran teaches that both men and women have to agree to a marriage, nowhere is there any room for interpretation to abuse a woman because she refuses you.
      I do not stand by either the Bible or Quran fully at this point in my life but it saddens me to see that people can say that this is how the Islam faith is or this is what Christians do without exploring the history and faith of the other side. It is important to communicate with members of another faith before judging them. Not all Irish are drunks, not all Jewish people are cheap, not all southerners are racists, people cannot be packaged so simply.
      In conclusion Afghanistan does equal Islam just by claiming a Muslim majority. The way they use the Quran is the opposite of the instructions in the book. For instance the whole if you kill one person it is like killing the entire world thing, yeah that is in there. Or if someone burns a Christian Church down they are still your brothers help them to rebuild, here is an example of that happening:http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2012/0710/After-attacks-Kenyan-Muslims-guard-Christian-churches
      It is not Muslims who are not condemning the act it is the people of Afghanistan, just like it was not Christians who hung people in the states, it was just people of the United States.

      True Muslims are good people who treat their wives and women with respect. Talk to a Muslim, I know the few Muslim friends that I have changed the way I look at their lifestyle and what they really believe. You can only have an objective opinion of you look at both sides and try to understand them.

      • I have Muslim friends- not all Muslims are radical murderers. Where did you get the idea we said that? Next I am against all organized religion but in defense of the others- what happened in 7th Century in religious circles has drastically changed in all but the islamic faith. In no other religion do they still main people by cutting off their hands for a starving child stealing bread- or stone women for adultery. True they are all and I mean all still sexist but by far the Muslims are the most radical when it comes to women’s rights by all of today’s standards! As for this article- we are not taking sides against one religion in favor of other religions- we are simply pointing out this archaic radical bunch are carrying on like this and getting away with it and the world is turning the other cheek!

        RATHER than everyone telling me that this is not Islam – someone please stand up and tell me how fucking horrible this is. Why is no one including Muslims standing against the radicals and their disgusting behavior. Where is the outrage? Where are they? I can tell you this – The KKK was and is greatly hated- – McVeigh is a ridiculous argument – he did not do this in the name of religion- and let’s not weight this against century old behaviors that no longer apply to any other religion but apparently still occur in the Islam countries unimpeded. Speak to that instead of ignoring the obvious!

  6. Barbara – you make a great point here.
    why can’t the people speak to the point?

    There is no denying that these women have been disfigured- there is no denying who disfigured them- there is no denying why they were disfigured and finally there is no denying that Muslims refuse to simply comdemn the act and the religious verses that command these disfigurments of women and attacks upon the infidel nor the command to wage war upon all who refuse to become Muslims around the world.

    It is abhorant enough for us to witness this as it happens in foreign lands and repulsive to consider that this religion would wish to impose itself upon a free nation because we have freedom of religion.

    To allow this abboration into our land would forever remover the very freedom wich allowed it in. The danger would be far more dangerous than to just our women and children but to the very foundation of our country.

    Anyone who would deny what is this obvious, is in such denial they are a danger to our society.

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  8. its a noble cause ,

  9. Here is the story of katie..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1351435/Acid-attack-victim-Katie-Piper-attacked-going-boy-met-Facebook.html

    The Doctor who helped her was Muslim…

    Also, please check this link…

    http://www.stophonourkillings.com/

    And
    If you have time and sit down and find out the root problem of such behaviour by men then google more or check here

    http://www.psychohistory.com/originsofwar/02_whymalesaremoreviolent.html

    There is nothing to do with religion…religion is a man made strategy with smart thought to stay in a group and make it more powerful…and to dominate weaker group…

    I understand that you are angry and decided to publish this post…am just trying to calm you down.

    Thanks!

  10. Hello,

    I am glad that you pointed to this issue. I have been aware of acid attacks against females for a while now. It is terrible and absolutely horrific.

    A lot of people here are calling you Islamaphobic. I understand why you would have stereotypes, but it does not help your argument if you start off a serious post with ignorant comments. People will tend to lean towards refuting your ignorant comments rather than take notice of the plight of the women. You cannot control what your readers want to comment about.

    “Yep, in Islam Mr. Refused is told not to seek counseling but seek revenge –throw acid in her face, you can even make a human torch out of her, you need to defend your honor man and we will back you up”

    This is incredible bad taste. I find this insulting, you know why? It’s not just because you wrote this in ignorance, it’s because it takes away the blame from the men in question and puts the blame on ‘society’ and ‘religion’. I come from India, and acid attacks are a huge problem in India too, and they are performed by men of all religion in India. So it’s not just an Islamic problem. By portraying it as such, you are insulting all the other women who have suffered from acid attacks, who are not Muslim, and who are not from Pakistan. In a way, you have ignored them, and by ignoring other women who suffer from this, we have let them suffer their doom alone.

    “because they are Muslim women and under Sharia law the act of showing her face is a crime”. I suggest you do some research before posting such comments. In Islam, women are not required to cover their face. In fact, I have no idea where this came from. Nor are they required to wear burkas, etc.

    I know you’re angry, and you have every right to be. Whenever I hear about a rape of a woman, or a woman being mutilated, I lose hope in humanity, I turn into a misanthrope. But then we need to emerge from this anger and help people. We cannot separate people out, and treat them as lesser than ourselves, because we are angry.

    I mean, for example, gang rape statistics in Congo are horrible. If you hear about the gang rape and war rape stories of Congo it will chill you to the bones. I literally become depressed when I come across these things. But I would never say that all people from Congo are barbarians, or be prejudiced against someone who is from Congo (unless they have, indeed, committed a crime).

    If you really are convinced that such horrific crimes against women only happen in Islamic societies, then I suggest you read more. A utopian vision from the West is that all women in the West are completely free and these things only happen in certain societies. But horrific crimes against women happen all over the world.

    If you are a feminist, or take pride in being a woman and want to help your fellow women, you need to stop ostracising them based on which country they are from, or which religion they follow.

    • Shan,

      I am rushing through this response so forgive spelling and grammatical errors – but we are in a hurricane watch and I need to get off this machine and batten down the hatches. We are on the Coast. I have started and stopped this 4 times already so it is bound to read like 4 different emails. Sorry about that.

      Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comments. I do understand your position and I want you to understand mine for two reasons. First- I like your passion and want to recruit you and your great ability to write about what you know and care about. We need women like you to write for us and tell the world and us what you know. The women who are suffering – need their story told.

      It appears you may have first- hand knowledge and be an expert. If so, you are welcomed at the very least to share your expertise with us here on the blog as a regular contributor. Please reply with your interest in contributing stories regularly about the horrors women are subject to irrespective of their religion. Your contributions will be much welcomed and very much appreciated.

      Please consider this. We need smart, passionate articulate women.

      Next, you need to know who we are and what we do. We welcome your input on the affairs of violence against non- Muslim women in foreign countries to which you allude. You are correct; I am not as familiar as you are with those cultures.

      You Said:

      “If you really are convinced that such horrific crimes against women only happen in Islamic societies, then I suggest you read more.”

      It appears your are convinced that I believe horrific crimes ONLY happen to women in Islamic societies therefore may I suggest in kind that you read more about me!

      With all do respect — perhaps you should read all of my work. A pitifully small portion this blog is dedicated to the violence against Islamic women. For 45 years, I have been fighting domestic violence or 35 years working towards ending sexism and misogyny in the media. You can easily verify the work we do and my passion for ALL irrespective of race, creed, color, nationality, religion, or political affiliation. Thanks to the web, my record is readily available online as everything I have done online for the last 5 years is there for the world to see.

      My own husband abused me 47 years ago and both my daughters were victims of abuse. My youngest has had her brains blown out by my son-in-law. Not only has my life been personally touched but also I have been a lifelong activist for women’s rights and I have a record to show for it.

      My work covers American women, my foundation covers TMU WOMEN a coalition of 20 women’s groups dealing with issues ranging from health and welfare, and our groups include but are not limited to:

      • Protective mothers
      • Domestic Violence
      • Stalking
      • Bullying
      • Cyber bullying
      • Family Court Abuse
      • Court Reform
      • DV Reform
      • Human Rights
      • Civil Rights
      • Work Rights
      • Children’s rights
      • Sexism
      • Media Bias
      • Rape
      • Incest
      • Child Abuse
      • Rape
      • Missing Persons

      When asked to also cover the plight of Islamic women by my readers, I sought out others to write the articles. Barbara, the Author of this particular article and other Islamic pieces are written by bloggers who have worked in Islamic countries. She and others have volunteered to share their information with our readers in an effort to share the plight of our sisters around the world.

      One of my experts, Soona Samsami, a leading Iranian women’s rights and pro-democracy activist, is currently the Executive Director of Women’s Freedom Forum. She has extensive networks with women in Iran, Iraq and Middle East which confront fundamentalism and champion women’s rights.

      Soona has been a frequent guest on my radio show since 2008 and a contributor to this blog – you can read more about her here http://freemenow.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/meet-soona-samsami/

      And here: http://www.womenfreedomforum.com

      I do hope you accept this response as I have intended it and not as a scolding, I await your reply to the invitation to join us as a member or blogger..
      BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed
      Founder: The Majority United
      Founder: W.O.M.E.N.

  11. Very eye opening. I could only manage about half those pictures before it was too much, but I forced myself to keep reading. The stories that accompanied the pictures, though, are often as bad or worse than the pictures themselves.

    • Unbelievable but true- and yet we are not allowed to talk about this without being told we are Islamophobic! Woman’s rights are human rights and as we allow the influx of peoples from thse areas of the world – they bringwith them these ideas. ther are so-called honor killings and disfigurements right here but there are covered-up by the media. Often-times the family attacks these girls on the streets and makes it look like a stranger attack- but in reality – it is an attack from home!

  12. I don’t know if the author or researcher knows about Islam or what these boys/men know about their religion (if they belong to Islam). The pictures were horrifying and I am can’t even look at them for more then a second. These acts are neither reflection of Islam or any other religion or Country !
    I would like to make a request here that please do read Quran (translated into your native language). Even if your not Muslim you should read it for developing an accurate understanding not a snap judgment. The perception about; a female covering her body or Islam allowing men to act out of anger, is entirely inaccurate.

    All I know that is that; Muslim or non-Muslim; “No One” would ever want this to happen to their Mother, Sister, Wife, Daughter or even to that of others. As a human being i cant even bear looking at these pictures.

    • But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads, Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of iron Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning. Quran (Surah 22:19-22)

  13. Thank you for your comments- I agree – I can’t bear looking at them either but there is no denying that the pictures are accurate.

    This is not happening to non muslim women, or here in the US with the blessing and/or help and/or condoning of women’s families and it certainly is not condoned by any religion other than Sharia law as interpreteded by some members of Islam.

    Your efforts should be placed on ending the behavior not on ending the exposure thereof!

    • Here we go again…This is not Islam. Sorry but this is Islam, its also not a snap judgement, it is 30 years of experience. I stand by every word and again I will say ..speak to this horror rather than the rhetoric. This is Islam. This is Islam.
      The story of these courageous women needs to be told…Silence is not spoken here.

  14. This is not Islam also…

    Annual Jihad Report
    2011
     Jihad Attacks:
    1974

     Countries:
    57

     Religions:
    5

     Dead Bodies:
    9015

     Critically Injured:
    16917

    http://thereligionofpeace.com/

  15. this is so horrible :O

  16. you clearly have no idea of what the true islam is.. yes these acts are inhuman and utterly wrong but dont blame it on islam, blame it on the people that did it not the religion they CLAIM to follow… i suggest you do some research on Islam because there is no where where men are told to take revenge on their women thats simply absurd and is definitely not the TRUE islam.

    • You say I should do some research on Islam because I clearly have No idea about the Religion? These pictures give me enough of an idea about Islam and how they treat their women on the radical side- as for how the non radicals treat their women – you can have that too!
      As for yur defense of Islam- I understand that not all Muslims are this radical just as all Catholics are not radical or all Jews are not radical.
      I personally feel all organized religion is at best – not suitable for women in the first place. We can worship God without the chrches and synagogs and temples and whatever men have erected for themselves to raise themselves above others and God.
      But one thing is for sure- Most other religions have stepped out of the 7th Century and stopped sacrificing human beings at alters of hate. Islam on the other hands does so with gusto.
      The pictures above bear witness to Sharia- I am not sure any other organized religion every had sch a viloent set of laws but suffice it to say – if they ever did – they do not practice it now.
      To this day Your Islam men feel justified in honor killings! How can you possibly justify this? If anything is clear my dear- it is that you do not realize that islam is the religion of both Love and HATE!
      I did not make it so – it is what it is – they prove it daily.

      The only religion left willing to kill for the spread of religion and willing to kill its own women for batting an eye!

  17. Nice try, atheist.

    khadeja: “first off, islam isn’t a country. it’s a religion.
    secondly, the men/women who engage in these activities definitely aren’t an accurate reflection of islam itself. these people just misinterpret holy scriptures to give themselves the upper edge. islam doesn’t encourage any of this stuff, it’s the people and how they are raised through old customs and traditions. you can’t blame the religion, you can only blame the people themselves. the religion has nothing to do with any of this, because if it did i’m pretty sure you’d see this type of news all over other countries as well.
    islam doesn’t “teach” or “preach” anyone to pour acid on anyone’s face or light them on fire over silly disputes about property or money. no religion does. everyone just interprets religion in their own way… and the offending people here have obviously misinterpreted it. so please, stop blaming islam for all of this. it’s those mens’ fault, and no one elses.”

    That’s All. You have nothing else to say. AND YES, you don’t know anything about islam. (just, those persons are criminals, islam will not accept them)
    Islam is not in one country, go find reliable sources that talks about Islam before you judge an entire religion AND criticize it, in all religions are criminals, you’re too focused on Islam, that’s all. There are good Muslims, as there are bad. I also met bad Jews, and I’m friend with others who are not, same with christian, etc. We just respect each other. Only atheist (not all, most of them) don’t respect, it’s sad.
    I can argue more, but english is not my native language and sorry for the mistakes. Have a nice day. :)

    • First – you English is just fine- I understand you perfectly. Next- I am very sorry you are offended and I can see that you are offended as a faithful and law abiding and obviously outstanding Muslim. I have to tell you that I would be proud to have you for a friend or neighbor based on your ideology– assuming that is your true ideology.

      My friend Dea is a Muslim woman from India, she was given to a 36 year old Muslim man at age 14. A loveless marriage, she has never been physically abused and they have 2 beautiful daughters and she has been given all that any woman could want financially. She has shared a lot with me regarding her faith and the customs of a women’s place and her heartache. She agrees with you regarding the animals who do these things but while she knows that not all Muslims men treat their women as badly as portrayed in this article – most all of the Muslim men believe all women are inferior beings and according to the Muslim religion do not deserve the same respect as men. When women cannot chose their religion, husbands or futures?

      I also agree with you that other religions that practice strictly also keep women as subjects lower to the men, All organized religions are run by men for the purpose of subjugating women however Islamic traditional sects ARE BY FAR THE MOST BRUTAL to their women. How can you deny this when stoning is still carried on for supposed adultery?

      Look at what’s happening right now– a Koran was burned and in retaliation hundreds are running through the streets like wild men and they are killing other human beings! Can you imagine another religion going on a murderous rampage in our streets over the burning of the flags – Islamists burn daily?

      The running and screaming in the streets- like wild animals and the blowing up innocent people is not humane – normal folks discus things as we are doing – reasonably. Men and women reason together as we are. Men respect the opinion of women and open a dialogue as we have.

      I am not sure if you are a man or woman but I appreciate this honest discussion!

      BettyJean Downing-Kling M.S, M. Ed

  18. How to unsubscribe this blog? I feel like puking and I get goosebumps whenever I read reply from blogger (Sorry B but you are filled with hatred….you need to calm down and let go few things in life of others…from your pic you look like at peace but your replies are very full of hate).

    I subscribed this when I posted these comments-

    —[Here is the story of katie..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1351435/Acid-attack-victim-Katie-Piper-attacked-going-boy-met-Facebook.html

    The Doctor who helped her was Muslim…

    Also, please check this link…

    http://www.stophonourkillings.com/

    And
    If you have time and sit down and find out the root problem of such behaviour by men then google more or check here

    http://www.psychohistory.com/originsofwar/02_whymalesaremoreviolent.html

    There is nothing to do with religion…religion is a man made strategy with smart thought to stay in a group and make it more powerful…and to dominate weaker group…

    I understand that you are angry and decided to publish this post…am just trying to calm you down.

    Thanks!]—-

    but you didn’t reply anything – guess you couldn’t think of any hate or might have missed it.

    Ok My request is to calm down and relax. If you are thinking you will become famous with this or you are helping those helpless girls then you are not doing anything other than spreading hate…you are just hurting others which is wrong in someway.

    Like we say – you are taking a biscuit now!

    Take it easy!
    Peace!

    • I’m totally agree with you. v_v @freemenow; please spread some love,don’t spread hatred to Islam through this strong women.. make them inspired to other woman to be strong and never give up on life!

  19. I have read the stories , I have read the comments, all of them. Its time to stop discussing the religion and help the people.what say?

  20. Christianity is open for a dialog with any religion but Islam seems to stick in their retarded Middle Ages

    • It is in the middle ages and it will stay there!That is what is so seriously wrong with it and seriously dangerous to our way of life here in the US. Practicing fundamental /radical Islamists cannot abide by our Constitution and therefore should not live in our country. In addition – no sane society should allow them to practice their religion on their women and children. It is immoral by human standards. We cannot and should not turn the other cheek while they torture their women and children as if it isn’t our business. It is our business!

      BettyJean Downing Kling M.S, M. Ed

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