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Taliban Writes to Malala Yousafzai

Posted: July 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Hard Pill to Swallow, Honour Killing | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Taliban Writes to Malala Yousafzai

Malala YousafzaiWe all remember the shock late last year when  young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, was shot – in broad daylight – by a Taliban assassin. The teenager recovered, resettled in the UK and then heroically addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday – this month – vowing not to be silenced by terrorists.

Nine months after a gunman shot her on a bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley for demanding education for girls, Malala Yousafzai received multiple standing ovations at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. She addressed nearly 1,000 students from around the world and her speech was immediately hailed for its power.

Bravely, Ms Yousafzai showed the attack on her had done nothing to dim her passion for girls’ education. She has not returned to Pakistan, due to persistent Taliban threats against her.

In what can only be described as a surprising turnaround, a Taliban commander has written to Ms Yousafzai, saying he regretted her shooting last year by militants and has urged her to come home :: Read the full article »»»»


14 Year Old Blogger Shot By Taliban in Attempted Honour Killing

Posted: October 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Hard Pill to Swallow, Honour Killing, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on 14 Year Old Blogger Shot By Taliban in Attempted Honour Killing

CRIME!A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who campaigned for children’s rights is fighting for her life after being shot in the head on her school bus by a cowardly Taliban gunman. Malala Yousafzai had campaigned for girls’ education and was nominated for an international peace prize. Malala Yousafzai won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when Islamist militants burned girls’ schools and terrorized the valley.

Malala Yousafzai was shot in broad daylight in Mingora, the main town of the Swat valley, raising serious questions about security more than three years after the army claimed to have crushed a Taliban insurgency there. Malala was flown to the north-western city of Peshawar where a team of senior doctors said she was in a critical condition. Two other girls were injured in the attack.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP the Islamist group carried out the attack after repeatedly warning Malala to stop speaking out against them :: Read the full article »»»»


UK Honour Killing

Posted: August 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Honour Killing, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on UK Honour Killing

UK Honour KillingA British court has sentenced a Pakistani-born couple to life in jail for murdering their teenage daughter in a so-called honour killing. Shafilea Ahmed, 17, was murdered in 2003 by her parents, but the case remained unsolved until her sibling came forward. Her sister, who was 12 at the time of the murder, testified she saw her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, suffocate the teenager in front of their other children.

The murder apparently occurred because her family were ashamed of her Westernised ways.

Detective Superintendent Geraint Jones said that in his eyes the killing had nothing to do with honour.

“For me this is a simple case of murder,” Mr  Jones  said. “It transcends culture, class, race and religion.”

Police say the high-profile case has caused a spike in the reporting of crimes against girls and women, committed in the name of culture.

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Mother and Children Beheaded in Afghani Honour Killing

Posted: July 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Honour Killing | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mother and Children Beheaded in Afghani Honour Killing

Mother and Children Beheaded in Afghani Honour KillingA 30-year-old woman and her two children have been beheaded in Afghanistan’s east, police said, in what they described appeared as the latest in a rapidly growing trend of so-called honour killings. Officers investigating the case described it as an honour killing, a phrase used to describe the murder of mostly women and girls accused of sullying a family’s reputation.

Afghan women have won back some basic rights in education, voting and work since the severe rule of the Taliban was toppled just over a decade ago, although fear now mounts that freedoms will be traded away as Kabul and Washington seek talks with the Islamist group to secure a peaceful end to the war.

Police said they suspected the former husband of committing the horrific crime. According to a local police officer, the husband barged into the victims home – in the capital of Ghazni province – and murdered her, as well as their eight-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter.

Activists say there has been a sharp rise in violent attacks on women in Afghanistan over the past year. They blame president Hamid Karzai’s waning attention to women’s rights as his government prepares for the exit of most foreign troops in 2014 and seeks to negotiate with the Taliban, Afghanistan’s former Islamist rulers.

There have been 16 cases of ‘honour killings’ recorded across the country over March and April according to AIHRC – Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission. This compares to the 20 cases recorded for all of last year, said commissioner Suraya Subhrang, blaming increased insecurity and weak rule of law for the sharp rise. Since AIHRC started recording such killings in 2001, there have never been more than 20 cases a year.

The victim – Serata – divorced her husband Mohammad Arif, 38, a year ago after enduring almost a decade of domestic abuse, Shukria Wali, head of Ghazni’s department of women’s affairs said.

Violent crimes against women often go unpunished in Afghanistan, with activists blaming police carelessness, corruption and a growing atmosphere of impunity. Donor Nations are expected to commit just under $4 billion in development aid annually to Afghanistan at a summit in Tokyo this weekend, though the European Union – the largest contributor – has said maintaining its support will be difficult if women’s rights are not protected.

Police said they were still hunting for the husband.

source: reuters