(Original post by 99luft Balons)
Abuse and Mistreatment of Women a/ka/a “We Treat Our Women Like Dogs” – Men in Afghanistan are notorious for abusing and mistreating women.
According to one study, more than 50% of Afghan women have experienced physical violence and 17% of have experienced rape and other forms of sexual violence.
The Taliban in particular target women including murdering female civilian school teachers, female aid workers, and all women in positions of power and authority.
While the Taliban was in power they refused to give basic human rights to women including prohibiting them from attaining an education or working. In addition, they required all women to completely cover themselves from head to foot. Why may you ask? Because the men of Afghanistan are brute animals and cannot control themselves so the women must pay by covering themselves up. Under Taliban rule women could not leave their homes without a male relative, could not speak in public and were prohibited from speaking to males who were not close relatives.
Another cultural aspect of Afghanistan is that young girls ages 13 and above are given away in the name of arranged marriages to men they may or may not know. They often encounter inhumane treatment at the hands of their husbands or the husbands’ family in the way of beatings and other harsh behavior. How bad is it you might ask? Well how bad would the treatment have to be to set yourself on fire (called self-immolation)? Yes, that is a common problem for the Afghan government – how do we keep our young married ladies from torching themselves because their husbands beat them and mistreat them so very badly.
According to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department: “More Afghan women are choosing suicide to escape the violence and brutality of their daily lives.”
ere are a few of the headlines:
“Afghan Girls Burn Themselves to Escape Marriage” - 17 –year-old Shirin had been brought to the Herat Regional Hospital Burns Unit a few days before we met her...In the first seven months of this year, medical staff at the Herat’s burns unit – the only one of its kind in the entire country – said they have seen 51 cases of female self-immolation – only 13 have survived.
“According to NGOs, 90 Percent of Afghan Woman are Abused” - According to nongovernmental agencies, 90% of Afghan women are victims of domestic abuse.
“Afghan Woman Ousted from Her Home By Husband Dies of Cold”
“Father Kills Daughter in Sar-i-Pul Province of Afghanistan” – A father beat his 19-year-old daughter who refused to marry a 12-year-old boy.
“The Tribulations of Child-bearing Children” – Rabia, 14, is expect her first child almost a year after getting married to Haji Oadullah, aged 49, his second wife. She is supposed to deliver in a few days, but this is her first visit to a health center. She is fortunate...Men often don’t allow their pregnant women to go to hospitals and doctors.
“Afghan Woman Among Worst Off in World” Afghan women are among the worst off in the world, violence against them is endemic and Afghanistan’s government fails to protect them from crimes such as rape and murder.
Reports of a new law limiting the personal rights of women, and forcing them have sex with their husbands have hit the Western media. Supposedly, President Karzai signed the bill into law to get certain influential Shiite leaders on his side for the elections. After an uproar and worldwide condemnation, the Ministry of Justice said they will review it to see if it violates Islamic law. Hopefully, the law gets scrapped, or Afghan women will not be able to use an excuse millions of women all over the world use: "Sorry, honey, not tonight, I have a headache".
All joking aside, this law is cruel and wrong as it strips women of their God given right to prevent the violation of their bodies. One has to really wonder, how in the world laws like these get even brought up. Why do Afghans have such a hatred of their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters? Is it Islam? Of course not, Afghan men have done a great job of perverting a beautiful religion and twisting sacred verses to fit their own personal agendas. It's actually the backward tribal culture that exists in Afghanistan, and while many other societies have gotten rid of their hatred for women, Afghans simply cannot shake it off. Today in Afghanistan, women are treated like objects, many are forced to marry men they do not want, and young girls are even sometimes sold off to settle gambling debts. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)did not stop the burying of girls so that 1400 plus years later, they can be sold off like cattle.
Don't the father's of these girls who are forced into marriage see that they are participating in the rape of their daughters? Since the girl was forced, the marriage is not valid, and the child, their grandchild is now born out of wedlock. Don’t they realize that their actions are producing in the end an illegitimate grandchild? Do these Afghan men not see the shame in that? Many Islamic scholars will also agree that a forced marriage is not a valid marriage and any child born out of that marriage is born out of wedlock.
What can Afghan women do? Burn their bras like the American women did? Well, in some parts of Afghanistan, women have been burning themselves. Extreme? Yes, but apparently, the message is still not getting through. The blame has to fall on the mothers of these men as well. The first teacher a baby boy has is his mother. Why aren't these mothers teaching their sons to respect women and treat them as equals? Perhaps they are too ignorant themselves to be able to teach them. Perhaps they too suffered the same fate and don’t know any other way. It’s a horrible cycle. Either way, something has to be done; Afghan women can no longer tolerate this from they own men. No foreign invading army has brought upon more misery and suffering to the Afghan woman than the Afghan man. This has to change.