A little girl was recently raped and murdered in Pakistan, but in a nation where little girls are routinely murdered by their own family members in the name of “family honor”, the news of this barely raised a blip on the American 24-hour news cycle.
Pakistani police Tuesday arrested the key suspect accused of raping and murdering a young girl in a case that enraged the country and stoked fears a serial killer was preying on children in the city of Kasur.
The killing of seven-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen – the 12th child found raped and murdered in Kasur within a two-kilometre radius in the last two years – sparked riots, with thousands swarming police stations and setting fire to politicians’ homes, accusing authorities of inaction.
While almost nothing is on par with the raping and killing of a little girl, it could be argued that so-called journalists being indifferent, if not down-right callous, to the same rape and murder is rubbing salt into the already broken hearts of Zainab’s grieving family, especially her parents.
But that’s exactly what Fasih Ahmed, editor and publisher of Newsweek Pakistan, did in a slew of heartless and rather elitist tweets;
The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that.
Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but that’s all just about you, not those who’ve been victimized
You know uncles, servants, teachers, cousins, random shopkeepers hurt boys and girls. Did you report them? Did you have the balls to step out of your denial? This is the cause du jour. Default mode denial is just around the corner. Zainab is not a watershed moment
In what very well could be the prime example of a nation having one foot in the 21st century and another in the 7th, an Islamic scholar of some repute is speaking quite highly of how to treat slaves captured as the spoils of war. The same individual also happens to be a citizen of the same nation whose nuclear arsenal consists of approximately 110-130 nuclear warheads, if not more.
As reported by the Lahore-based publication Daily Pakistan on Mar. 10, 2016, former government bureaucrat, newspaper columnist and religious scholar Orya Maqbool Jan has flatly stated that the tenets of Islam allows the faithful to engage in sexual congress with female slaves, even without any formal marriage (Nikah). However, Jan also did stress that Islam does strongly suggest, but doesn’t officially mandate, that that human chattel be given their freedom.
In a twist of logic that arguably many of the Western mindset would find at a minimum of qualifying as bizarre, Jan went on to claim that Islam condemns the sale or purchase of even a single male or female battle captive. But with that qualifier issued and out of the way, Jan made sure it was understood that Islam dictates that while buying and selling human beings is strictly verboten, Muslims are instead suppose to take their prizes of war “to their own houses and treat them as their own slaves.”
With Jan insomuch as authorizing slavery throughout the Islamic World, he found time to wag his finger at the Islamabad government for not being Islamic enough. The religious scholar emphasized that slavery is “Allah’s principle,” and it’s the responsibility of the Pakistani government to “fully implement as being an Islamic State.”
Not his first brush with controversy, Jan made headlines when Rana Tanveer of The Express Tribune (of Pakistan) reported on Feb. 27, 2015, that in regards to the nation’s oppressed Amhadi religious minority, Jan stated in no uncertain terms that oppression against the 5 million Ahmadis residing in a nation of 182 million is not only legal, but the government isn’t doing enough and should instead ramped up.
Seen by mainstream Islam as a heretical offshoot, the Pakistani Constitution had officially declared Ahmadis as non-Muslim. Jan related his fond childhood memory of when there was “the most effective movement against Ahmadis.” As he further reminisced, “Then there was no one to defend them on television…today, you will find many who speak up for them.” Not quite done yet, he opined that the practice of people speaking up for Ahmadis “is a dangerous trajectory which must be nipped.”
Thanks to social media and a free press, the Western world is unfortunately becoming all too familiar with the Shari’a-compliant practice popularly known simply as “honor killing”. The latest example is reported by the Paris-based Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News on April 19, 2015, where a Pakistani husband, aided by his father, burned to death his 25-year-old wife. Reportedly, the motivating factor for the gasoline-soaked murder was due to her leaving the house without his expressed permission.
As noted by the French news service, upon finding out his wife visited her sister without his prior approval, a furious Muhammad Siddique and his father first gave a beating to his wife, Shabana Bibi. According to her brother Muhammad Azam, ostensibly not satisfied with the punishment meted out, father and son then doused Bibi with gasoline before putting the match to her.
Azam also stated that Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered a steady string of beatings because of the couple’s inability to have children. Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday.
While honor killings have effected almost all cultures at certain points in their histories, honor killings have been an almost constant is Islam since its founding in the 7th century.
As cited by the General Secretary of Muslims Facing Tomorrow – Canada, Hasan Mahmud authored for The Clarion Project specific passages from Islamic Shari’a Law and also by certain Hadiths that authorize the spilling of blood in order to restore blackened family honor. The Middle East Forum also published a report in 2010 citing that 91 percent of all honor killings in recent years have been perpetrated by Muslims males on female Muslims.
As previously covered by Examiner.com in 2012, honor killings aren’t exclusive to Pakistan. A 14-year-old girl identified only as Gisa was beheaded for refusing a wedding proposal (see photo above). According to reports, both Gisa and her parents refused marriage
proposals from two separate men, reportedly “understood to be close relatives of the victim that live in the same village,” presumably closely related cousins. As reported, the child was found completely decapitated by a knife. The last her parents saw of her was when she left the home to fetch water from the village well.
And the United States hasn’t been exempt, either. In 2011, Iraqi immigrant Faleh Hassan al-Maleki, 50, was convicted by a Maricopa County, Arizona court of murdering his 20-year-old daughter. Seeking to restore his family honor the elder al-Meleki hit and then ran over his daughter, Noor Faleh (Arabic for “Light” and “Success”). According to the convicted murdered, his daughter deserved to die because she was becoming “too Westernized”.
The Pakistan branch of the Taliban terrorist organization has struck again. This time at a school for the children of Pakistani military personnel stationed in the often lawless Peshawar region of Southcentral officially known as The Federally Administered Tribal Areas. As reported on Dec. 16, 2014 by both the International Business Times (of London, England) and also by CNN via KMSS (of Shreveport, Louisiana), an estimated six or seven Taliban gunmen assaulted the Army Public School and Degree College, killing 141 people, 132 of them children.
The South Central Asian nation of Pakistan may be a bit schizophrenic when it comes to active homosexuals, executing those drug before their increasingly Islamic-based court system, but leading the globe in gay Google searches, as reported by the New York Post.
A Pakistani step-father has attacked his step-daughters with acid for reportedly refusing to acquiesce to his decision for pre-arraigned marriages for both girls, as reported by India.com on Jan. 5, 2014.
Arranged marriages are quite the norm in Pakistan, as they are throughout the Muslim-world, however, saying no isn’t.