Monday, August 18, 2008

Traditional Values

For women in Afghanistan, extramarital sex is a crime -- even if the sex was against the woman's will:

Two-thirds of the women in Lashkar Gah's medieval-looking jail have been convicted of illegal sexual relations, but most are simply rape victims – mirroring the situation nationwide. The system does not distinguish between those who have been attacked and those who have chosen to run off with a man. ... Colonel Ghulam Ali, a high-ranking regional security officer, explained sternly that he supported the authorities' right to convict victims of rape. "In Afghanistan whether it is forced or not forced it is a crime because the Islamic rules say that it is," he claimed. "I think it is good. There are many diseases that can be created in today's world, such as HIV, through illegal sexual relations." [emphasis mine]
Take note of the structure of the situation: a despicable injustice is done on a large scale, and when asked to justify it, the perpetrator calmly replies that he's just following god's rules. So in addition raping with impunity, and in addition to enabling others' in raping with impunity, he can claim the honor of godly submission.

Behold the fruits of godly submission.

(H/T Ophelia Benson)

1 comment:

nazir_bht@yahoo.com said...

the learned author has in mistaken impression tried to join the circumstancial occasioning and theology together while commenting on the sex abuse of afgan woman.the woman by nature is sex inclined which all religions including christainity and islam had never denied to her.However; in Islam the regularised marriages with breeding the families is the concept which in broader turn means the creating and breeding a responsible society.this; inspite if someone or whole muslims involve themselves into adultry that shall not defat what theoogy had preached.the free sex concept which also includes extra-marital relations is barred by all religions including christainity and Islam.In islam the woman is not treated a mere sex object but a responsible nodle home point to integrate the family system. the said system incidentaly has failed in europe where woman are treated nothing but sex choice and mostly marriage institution got abolished. Extra-marital relations proved medically fatal; although; bigoted books{as held by athiests} had already prohibited it.free sex comcept had serious social consequences and impacts for which european countries take help of sociologists to educate their people to have serious marital relationships and bring up homes. the free sex concept looks irritant to disciplined lady in europe when her husband visits gay clubs or intends to go for gay marriages.The learned author felt emotionally strange not allowing afgan woman to go for open consented sex looking apparantly different from rape;but failed to appreciate that animal kingdom who had long back adopted free sex concept still limited their positions by not going homosexual; the sex trait ironically under advanced concept and away from God horror present society had legallised and accepted. thanks