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Struggling to Keep Afghan Girl Safe After a Mullah Is Accused of Rape

This is the trouble, I've always said and believed that the vast majority of Muslims are decent hard working people and i still believe this but it does get harder when you hear stories like this one

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/world/asia/struggling-to-keep-afg...;

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Comment by ali aslan on August 16, 2014 at 5:16pm

i think you are very kind person. Of course when critcising other cultures one must be careful not to hurt the feelings of them. however when i attempt to criticise islam, i keep in mind the havoc islam have wreaked in our society even in our families. Because when you look at the history of major religion, you learn that islam expanded by the way of killings with  swords and beheading which is very relevant to what isis do  today. Actually i think when criticising mohamed you need not to be careful because what he did. Just read the biography. some make him a saint for the sake of politically correctness but i will not continue to go on faking for mohamed. he was an evil, he and his religion have not contributed to human civilization.   you might regard me as going too much far in criticising him. i am sick and tired of hearinf 5 times a day someone braying out on minarets. 

Comment by Stephen Brodie on August 16, 2014 at 10:47am

As a westerner i always feel uncomfortable criticising other peoples cultures but you are right Ali their are certain things that should be sacred [forgive the pun] and the equal rights of woman is one of them and the freedom to criticise religions is another.

Comment by ali aslan on August 16, 2014 at 8:08am

nothing less than a  tragedy. Even worse i think. the problem has many aspects to be looked at. Poverty, ignorance, political turmoil and religion ....but as human beeings we are deeply moved by the such stories, which frequently happens in underdeveloped countries. the religion  is the main culprite for mohamed was married to six year old girl, so the  mullah in question follows the example of his prophet that is a pedophile.

Comment by Chris on July 22, 2014 at 3:25am

Stephen check out this link of photographs of Afghanistan in the 1970's.

The Afghani Blue Mosque used to be beautiful 

http://islamic-arts.org/2012/blue-mosque-in-mazar-e-sharif-afghanis...

The photos I saw of it about 5 years ago were of destruction.

Afghanistan has been destroyed from the wars.

Women in Afghanistan wore bathing suits (in public) in the early 70's.

My understanding is that this burka thing with entirely covered women with screened faces is fairly new.

The link above says the following: "

The full Afghan chadri covers the wearer's entire face except for a small region about the eyes, which is covered by a concealing net or grille.[9]

Before the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the chadri was infrequently worn in cities. While they were in power, the Taliban required the wearing of a chadri in public. Officially, it is not required under the present Afghan regime, but local warlords still enforce it in southern Afghanistan. Chadri use in the remainder of Afghanistan is variable and is observed to be gradually declining inKabul. Due to political instability in these areas, women who might not otherwise be inclined to wear the chadri must do so as a matter of personal safety."

I might not know the history of this well enough though.

Could the invasions and imperial occupations that have taken place since 1979 have something to do with the terrible subjugation placed on women? Women (and children) tend to take the brunt of subjugation. -Responsible men are killed or are maimed leaving behind a wake of instability that leads to this kind of cruelty in war torn countries.

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