Tuesday, February 9, 2010

21st Century Women's Rights

     Time and again, women continue to be violated, tortured, and used as scapegoats in the name of religion, while men walk away unpunished and free.  A few weeks ago, a young girl in Bangladesh was raped and she was lashed and forced into a marriage according to local religious law and her family fined, while her perpetrator was pardoned by the holy elders. This is not some ancient biblical era.  This is the Twenty-First Century.  

     This treatment of women is unacceptable in any society in any era and proof enough for the separation of church and state. 

     The following short news report entitled, "Rape victim receives 101 lashes for becoming pregnant," was written by Dean Nelson and published by the UK's Telegraph.

A 16-year-old girl who was raped in Bangladesh has been given 101 lashes for conceiving during the assault.

The girl's father was also fined and warned the family would be branded outcasts from their village if he did not pay.
According to human rights activists, the girl, who was quickly married after the attack, was divorced weeks later after medical tests revealed she was pregnant
The girl was raped by a 20-year-old villager in Brahmanbaria district in April last year.
Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper reported that she was so ashamed following the attack that she did not lodge a complaint.
Her rape emerged after her pregnancy test and Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.
Her rapist was pardoned by the elders. She told the newspaper the rapist had "spoiled" her life.
"I want justice," she said.
Here are a list of a few of the countless examples of women being ostracized, beaten, and even murdered in the name of god, because they were raped.  (List compiled by Infidels are Cool):
  1. Saudi Judge Sentences Pregnant Gang-Rape Victim to 100 Lashes
  2. Islamic Justice: 16-Year-Old Girl Lashed 101 Times For Conceiving After Rape
  3. Saudi Arabia: Gang rape victim sentenced to prison, 100 lashes
  4. Saudi gang rape victim gets 200 lashes.
  5. Saudi Gang-Rape Victim Faces 90 Lashes
  6. Bangladesh: Christian convert from islam receives usual death threats
  7. Pregnant girl burnt alive by husband
  8. Jordan: Rape victim killed by uncle to cleanse family honor
  9. Jordan: man kills pregnant sister to “cleanse family honor”
  10. Muslim Thieves Rape Girl When They Realize Victim is Christian
 
Because god told us to.