Recently, Pakistan shocked the world by surrendering the Swat Valley to Islamic extremists and allowing the huge area to be placed under Sharia law. Now, a video (shown below) has emerged of what this means, particularly for women. The video shows a teenage girl being flogged for an improper relationship as she begs for mercy.
At one point in this video the flogger actually hits the man holding down the victim — apparently for his failure to control the victim.
The woman is wearing a burka and is shown screaming and begging for mercy as a crowd of largely silent men look on. One of the men holding her is her brother.
What is astonishing is that the Pakistani government –which just cut this deal with the extremists — has announced shock and called for an investigation after worldwide outrage.
Nevertheless, Muslim Khan, a Taliban spokesman, defended the punishment as appropriate under Islamic law, but said it should have been applied by a pre-pubescent boy in a private setting. “She had to be punished. The punishment administered by local Taliban was in our knowledge and they did the right thing, but the method was wrong.” Thank God for legal standards.
We are giving billions to Pakistan and Afghanistan in maintaining such medieval systems of brutality. The Obama Administration insists that we do not have to agree with their laws to act in our interest. However, what does it say about us that we are willing maintain such brutal repression of women to gain advantage for ourselves?
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