Islam And Women
Slice and dice it anyway you want, the truth is, Islam is the religion whose adherents are most discriminatory on women. Take the case of 19-year-old Gulnaz, who spent nearly two years in an Afghan prison cell.
Her offence? She was raped.
If the reply astounds you, rest assured, it only happens in Muslim societies, where people still live in the stone ages, and where they use Islam to justify their actions.
What good is it proclaiming, “Among all religions, Islam has bestowed the greatest honor to women,” when Muslim men treat them as chattels?
Gulnaz was raped by her cousin’s husband. And he continued repeating that. It took the teen-aged girl a few months to gather the courage to report the matter to Afghan police. Police locked her up for adultery, instead of taking the offender to task and deliver justice.
This is justice Afghan style, which is pretty much the state of the affair in most Muslim countries in the Middle East. Perhaps Gulnaz shall be grateful that she was not stoned to death!
When NBC News recently visited her at the women’s prison in Kabul, Gulnaz quizzed, “I do not know why they put me in jail?” Her 9-month-old daughter, Moskan, a result of the rapes, was peacefully sleeping on a bed nearby. Moskan was born on the cold floor of Gulnaz’s prison cell.
Gulnaz was offered the only choice for her freedom: Marry the rapist.
In Gulnaz’s own words, “I am obliged to marry him, even though I can’t look at him. This is the only way she can bring dignity back to her family and tribe—by marrying the man who tied her up and forced her into submission.
Shame on her tribe, shame on their society!
I do not condemn her family, who are probably as helpless as Gulnaz herself is. I raise my hands in prayer: May God have his fury on the people who oppress women in the name of God!