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Sahar Gul and the Afghan government

July 17, 2013

Afghan wife Sahar Gul being taken to hospital. Her in-laws tried her to force her into prostitutionMeet Sahar Gul.  Sahar Gul is 15.  Sahar Gul does not look particularly healthy of happy in this photo.  Perhaps this is because she was found chained in a basement, missing fingernails, starved, repeatedly beaten, and covered with burns from electrical wires and heated metal pipes.  This rather unfriendly treatment was perpetrated upon Sahar Gul, starting at age 12, when her brother sold her in a forced marriage to another family, who then attempted to force her into prostitution.

That family is now free.

The people who did this to Sahar Gul are very bad people.  In a just cosm, very bad things would happen to them for doing such terrible things to a young girl.  And I hope that very bad things do, in fact, happen to them.

But it is the Afghan parliament that draws my ire in this particular case, along with their judiciary.

There are strong hints that the conviction against the three individuals who were convicted of abusing Sahar Gul were overturned in haste and somewhat covertly.  The fact that neither the prosecution, nor Sahar Gul, were invited to the hearing to overturn the conviction – or even informed of it – might, repeat, might suggest a certain bias on the part of the court.  That the normally balky and paperwork-intensive Afghani appeals process was set aside and the convictions overturned with great rapidity and a rather minimal amount of paperwork could, by some, be construed as another.

Oh hell, let’s just lay aside any facade of faux objectivity here – the people who did this to Sahar Gul were let off the hook, without even as much as a minimal display of justice or objectivity.  And that’s terrible.

But we have to dig deeper to bring this into “Two She-Bears” territory – people can be stupid or evil or biased or prejudiced without religion being involved.  It is entirely possible to be stupid or evil or biased or prejudiced without any sort of religious influence whatsoever.

But in this case, the move to release Sahar Gul’s torturers is part of a larger movement in Afghanistan.  A movement against woman’s rights, a movement against woman’s freedom, a movement against woman’s equality.  The Afghan Parliment is currently pushing through laws, or revisions of laws, to remove the protection of women and girls under the law, to make it harder to prosecute crimes like child marriage, and to remove women from politics.

Why are they doing this?

Because such things are “unislamic”.

Seriously.  We can’t protect the rights of our female citizens, prevent them from being chained in basements, having their fingernails ripped out, being tortured and starved, being represented in our government, because doing so would be “unislamic”?

Fuck that sort of Islamic faith.

If your faith tells you that you need to allow people to imprison, torture, and starve people, to make them marry against their will, to deny them a full place in society, then your religion is wrong.  There is no way around it.  If your deity, or your deity’s representative, tells you that you should do such things then you should FIND ANOTHER DEITY!  Because the one you are worshipping now is full of it.  Seriously – full of it.

It never ceases to amaze me how people can hear stuff like this – that it is OK to treat certain other people like shit, that it is OK to treat them like property, that it is a VIRTUE (for God’s sake) to torture them or rape them or deny them medical care or designate them somehow as lesser beings, and think to themselves “well, they say that some deity says I should do this, so it must be OK.”  Why can’t more people look at things the other way around?  “Well, this thing claims to be a deity, but it sure does demand that I do a whole lot of awful, seemingly immoral, outright bastardy things – maybe this is some kind of scam!”  I mean really – telemarketers couldn’t make a living selling crap like this over the phone – how can clergy and judges and members of the government actually believe that they can sell it to their people and expect them to buy it?

Beating and starving child brides and trying to force them into prostitution isn’t OK.  Ever.  Ever.  And if any sort of representative of any sort of organization – religious or secular – tells you otherwise they are lying.  Seriously – lying, not just misinformed or confused or in error…  lying.

And any sort of supposed deity who comes to you in the night or writes to you on golden tablets or descends from heaven or speaks from a flaming plant or in some other way reveals this sort of idea to you in a divinely revelatory sort of way?

Also lying.  And no sort of deity at all.

Two She-Bears for you, o wretched members of the Afghan Parliament and judiciary, for carrying on this farce in the name of religion.

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From → Islam

One Comment
  1. I welcome the bears’ return. There is plenty of smiting to do.

    That said, I’m going to add: any religion that tells you that some people’s lives, actions, words, etc. are intrinsically worth less than an another’s from birth, well, that religion is an evil stinking crock. As long as Islam says a woman is worth less than a man, or her testimony, rights, etc. are worth less than a man’s, Islam is an evil stinking crock.

    When a religion tells you that people are worth less because of their gender, skin colour, ethnicity, orientation, etc., it is also an evil stinking crock.

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