A Day in the Life of Sharia

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To that end, Gulnaz currently resides in an undisclosed location, hiding from her own family, as reports have surfaced that her brothers have threatened to kill her baby daughter.

Tragically, Gulnaz’s ordeal is currently being shared by nearly 350 Afghan women and girls who are currently locked up in Afghanistan prisons, convicted for crimes of forced adultery or “zina” (extramarital sex). Like Gulnaz, many of these women have the added burden of sharing their jail cells with their children.

Most disturbingly, many of the jailed inmates are themselves children, evidenced by the fact that 114 of them are girls between the ages of 12 and 18, 80 percent of whom are serving sentences for either running away from a forced marriage or having extramarital sex.

As the head of Afghanistan’s juvenile prisons has said of these girls, “Afghan society really hates these crimes. People really hate it when girls run away.”

To prove that point, the Afghanistan Supreme Court in October 2010 ruled that any Afghan woman who fled her home and went anywhere other than to the police or a close relative would be locked up as a precaution against them having illicit sex or engaging in prostitution.

Not surprisingly, many Afghan women are afraid to seek help from Afghan police and judicial authorities for fear they will either face further exploitation at their hands or be forcibly returned to their abusive homes. As such, the women’s prison population in Afghanistan has risen from 380 to more than 700 in the two years since the Supreme Court ruling.

Sadly, jail or forcible return home remain the only unsavory options open to most Afghan women given that fewer than half of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces currently have shelters available to runaway women.

Moreover, the Afghan government has made increasing efforts over the past year to take over management of the existing shelters for women, almost all of which are operated by nongovernmental organizations or the United Nations.

In February 2011 the Afghan government ordered Women’s Protection Centers to transfer their control over to Afghanistan’s Women’s Affairs Ministry, claiming that government takeover of the shelters would lead to improved funding and better management.

However, a spokesman for Human Rights Watch said, “The real agenda is clear. The government is increasingly dominated by hard-line conservatives who are hostile to the very idea of shelters, since they allow women some autonomy from abusive husbands and family members.”

While pressure from NGOs and advocacy groups drove the Afghan government in September 2011 to remove many objectionable parts of the shelter regulation — most notably allowing the shelters to remain independent — it still required that a woman could not move out of the shelter unless she is going to the home of a male relative.

Of course, that rule can prove problematic if in many cases those same male relatives may have abused or threatened to kill the woman or girl in the first place. Yet, as one women’s rights advocate says, “That may be more a problem with Afghan society, where it’s nearly impossible for a woman to live alone, without a husband, father, brother or a grown son.”

Unfortunately, the problems women face in Afghanistan don’t seem to be abating anytime soon. In fact, they almost assuredly seem closer to intensifying as both the Afghan government and the United States are currently seeking to negotiate with the Taliban to end its insurgency and reintegrate itself into Afghan society.

As such, many women activists understandably worry that their hard-won political rights, however small they may be, will quickly evaporate once the Taliban rejoin the Afghan fold. As one female Afghan activist lamented, “I’m afraid we won’t have all this anymore if the Taliban are allowed back into society.”

Tragically, given the continued abuse levied against the women and girls of Afghanistan, it’s not a stretch to imagine that they would even notice the difference.

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To get the whole story on why the Left is indifferent to women ‘s suffering under Islamic gender apartheid, read Jamie Glazov’s book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.


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  • ObamaYoMoma

    So, given that, it’s not surprising to find that in the decade after the ouster of the Taliban from power in 2001, Afghanistan still remains one of the world’s most dangerous places for women

    It's kind of hilarious but sad at the same time to read impressions like this writer's impression of Afghanistan over 10 years later after the US invasion. This writer sounds like he is surprised, disappointed, and appalled all at the same time.

    However, the Sharia compliant Northern Alliance, who are the Afghanis that we are still propping up to this day in Afghanistan, from day one have always been our eternal enemies and the eternal enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers in the world as well. Their so-called democracy that we are still propping up, thanks to Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, a Muslim stealth jihadist who penetrated the Bush administration, in essence is really a Sharia state, as Afghanistan’s constitution was enshrined with Sharia as the supreme authority for law.

    Therefore, the fantasy based nation-building mission in Afghanistan, exactly like the fantasy based nation-building mission in Iraq as well, from the first day onward couldn't have been more counterproductive, fantasy based, and misguided, and it's kind of sad that some people are just starting to figure it out now, over 10 years later.

    Meanwhile, thousands of patriotic American troops have either been killed in action or maimed and trillions of American taxpayer dollars wasted all for nothing, and no one is being held to account. Instead, the politicians, the generals, and the news media are all working together in concert to ensure that the American people never find out about what really are the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history.

    Indeed, some people like me for years have been trying to warn everyone about what was really going on while being personally attacked and ostracized by moonbats on the right and the left simultaneously.

    In any event, it is very sad how the Afghanis oppress females, but when it comes to the oppression of females, Afghanistan is hardly alone, as harsh oppression of females, Christians, and indeed all other non-Muslim “infidels” living in Islamic countries throughout the Islamic world is endemic. In other words, stop singling out Afghanistan as if Afghanistan is the loan exception to the rule. Harsh and degrading oppression of females and all non-Muslim unbelievers in the Islamic world is universal, and even in the Islamic countries that we are foolishly propping up. Hell, they sentence blasphemers and apostates to death all the time as well at the same we are also stupidly propping them up.

    “That may be more a problem with Afghan society, where it’s nearly impossible for a woman to live alone, without a husband, father, brother or a grown son.”

    Don't be absurd, it's not a problem of Afghan society. Instead, it is a manifestation of Islam. Please stop trying to sugarcoat and whitewash it.

    Unfortunately, the problems women face in Afghanistan don’t seem to be abating anytime soon

    What you mean abate? Don't make me laugh, it will never abate as long as Islam prevails. Hell, at the rate mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme is going today completely unopposed and unacknowledged in the USA and indeed the entire West, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, female oppression and the oppression of all non-Muslim unbelievers as well will be a permanent ubiquitous feature of the West soon enough.

    In fact, they almost assuredly seem closer to intensifying as both the Afghan government and the United States are currently seeking to negotiate with the Taliban to end its insurgency and reintegrate itself into Afghan society.

    That's utterly ridiculous! The US should be vigorously trying to reignite the jihad between the Northern Alliance and the Taliban instead. In fact, if the GWB administration hadn't been so incredibly blinded by PC multiculturalism and rendered completely incompetent as a direct result, it never would have ever intervened in the jihad between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, as Muslims fighting Muslims helps the Dar al Harb (us) and harms the Dar al Islam (them).

    Indeed, when Reagan was President, our policy with respect to the jihad between Iraq and Iran was to attempt to ensure it lasted as long as possible. Then in 2000 GWB gets elected, and he not only abandons Reagan's “Peace Through Strength” defense policy, he adapts Powell's insane “You Break It, You Own It” defense policy.

    Hence, we no longer use overwhelming brute force to swiftly eliminate our enemies while deliberately leaving behind our death and destruction to fester and to serve as deterrence. Instead, we employ a much more compassionate 21st Century cutting edge defense strategy: Indeed, we try to win our enemies' hearts and minds by foolishly occupying them for years on end in order to compassionately lift them up out of poverty and despair to democratize them, which is impossible, and the splendid inevitable outcome of our new compassionate cutting edge defense strategy, of course, is the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history.

  • oldtimer

    Moderate Muslims, Sharia law,,, How sad to think that the world is so blinded by their lies. Evil.

  • aspacia

    Where are the feminists. Naomi Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, where are you?

    • tanstaafl

      They are being good, obedient Muslimahs and living in a harem in the Gulf.

  • LindaRivera

    The only Muslims that the West should bring into our countries are these innocent victims whose suffering is absolutely horrendous. God help them! To bring in other Muslims is to import ALL of the terrible things against innocents that take place in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.

  • tanstaafl

    We cannot invent time travel soon enough.

    But wait, if we want to go back to the Stone Age…….we can just visit Afghanistan.

    • kafir

      There were people in the stone age. If you wanted to go back to a time that emulates afghanistan and the rest of the muslim world, you'd have to go back to the primordial ooze, and find a branch of the chain that got stuck there.

  • BS77

    We long for the day when this hideous ideology is TOTALLY forgotten