Friday, 21 March 2014

Response to: Afghan Girls Forced Marriage and Sexual Abuse

This is a really sad state of affairs. Yet the Islamophobes rush to blaming Islam for what is reportedly going on in Afghanistan (sexual abuse of girls and forced marriages). Don't allow Islamophobes to sway you into thinking Islam is behind the problems in Afghanistan. Think and do some research rather than following the Islamophobic narrative which tramples on the misery of the victims of abuse and injustice.

So what's the reason behind what's going on in Afghanistan? It seems the situation is similar to the one in Yemen which we discussed here. The reason being poverty!

Forced marriage are not allowed in Islam, see this article by Sami Zaatari:

Prepubescent sex is not allowed in Islam. To learn a bit about why prepubescent sex and abuse can take place in rural Afghanistan and rural Yemen please see this post about Yemeni child brides where an Islamophobe was wrongly blaming Islam for the problem in Yemen:

We must always try to be balanced. Nobody is going to blame Catholicism for the sexual abuse in churches. Nobody is going to blame Protestants for the sex tourism in Asian countries such as Thailand. Think about it.

I hope the Afghan clerics and officials look into these matters and help educate people and protect vulnerable people from abuse. I pray that the situations in Afghanistan and Yemen improve and the abuse of girls is stopped completely. Ameen.

Here is a snip of a report about Afghanistan:

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be "married" away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families.Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that conservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized and those that speak out are likely to be blamed themselves, regardless of age differences. Afghan law requires that girls be 16 before they can marry and boys 18. Such laws are rarely respected and about 60 percent of all girls are forced to marry before 16.

Since most of the marriages in Afghanistan are unregistered and few people even have birth certificates, it is virtually impossible for the government to enforce the law. Other Afghan laws designed to protect women from abuse also have little enforcement. In 2013, incidents of rape also increased in Afghanistan. Most of the victims were children

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