Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Not His Fault

Many as seventy-five percent of the women in prison in Pakistan are behind bars for the crime of being a victim of rape (source). How could this unjust reality be true?

Under Islamic concepts, rape is the woman's fault, almost exclusively. The fact that the culture demands women to swath themselves in long shape destroying fabric is because Islamic culture views sexual stimulation as something that does not have to be controlled by men. If they are stimulated, it is the woman's fault. In Saudi it's reached the situation of virtual sexual apartheid. Single men cannot go to many shopping malls. One artist group in that nation wants the 1/3 of the members who are women banned, so they don't have to deal with them standing by their art displays explaining them in public.

The Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali, has gained international attention this week by saying that women are generally at fault if they are raped. Speaking to a Muslim audience in Sydney, he explained that rape (specifically, zina, sexual activity forbidden under Islamic law -- a word mistranslated in published accounts of the Sheikh’s words as “adultery”) is “90 percent the woman’s responsibility. Why? Because a woman owns the weapon of seduction. It’s she who takes off her clothes, shortens them, flirts, puts on make-up and powder and takes to the streets, God protect us, dallying. It’s she who shortens, raises and lowers. Then, it’s a look, a smile, a conversation, a greeting, a talk, a date, a meeting, a crime, then Long Bay jail. Then you get a judge, who has no mercy, and he gives you 65 years.”

Al-Hilali invoked another Islamic scholar in support of his views: “But when it comes to this disaster, who started it? In his literature, writer al-Rafee says, if I came across a rape crime, I would discipline the man and order that the woman be jailed for life. Why would you do this, Rafee? He said because if she had not left the meat uncovered, the cat wouldn’t have snatched it. If you get a kilo of meat, and you don’t put it in the fridge or in the pot or in the kitchen but you leave it on a plate in the backyard, and then you have a fight with the neighbour because his cats eat the meat, you’re crazy. Isn’t this true? If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park, or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, then whose fault will it be, the cats, or the uncovered meat’s? The uncovered meat is the disaster. If the meat was covered the cats wouldn’t roam around it. If the meat is inside the fridge, they won’t get it. If the woman is in her boudoir, in her house and if she’s wearing the veil and if she shows modesty, disasters don’t happen.” (source)

Since to prosecute a man for rape, a woman needs four male witnesses, or else she is admitting to fornication and thus guilty of a crime in a number of Islamic countries, such as Pakistan, she is in a situation where if a man decides to violate her, she has no redress, becasue the legal system is designed in a way that has nothing to do with how sexual crime is committed, and denies the reality of male responsibility.

And this is the type of justice they would like to impose on the West.

(check out this blog for an example of this type of behavior in Cairo: Forsoothsayer.blogspot)


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