Pakistani Girl Forced to Marry as Compensation for Uncle's Crime


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Pakistani Girl Forced to Marry as Compensation for Uncle’s Crime

GRILAGAN, Pakistan—Eight months ago, 11-year-old Amna was married off to a man three times her age to settle a crime her uncle had committed.

The uncle had raped another girl in the village, according to tribal elders. Following tribal custom prevalent in highly conservative parts of Pakistan, the elders gave Amna and her 17-year-old cousin, Zulhaj, to that girl’s family. Nobody asked their opinion.

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I am surprised that the poor girl that was raped wasn’t stoned for being an adulteress because that is usually what happens to rape victims under sharia law. Since a women’s testimony is only counted as half that of a male and a women cannot testify in defense of herself following Aisha example when she was accused of cheating on Mohammed. Plus there has to be male witnesses that can defend the first rape victim in order to call it rape.
The whole sordid thing demonstrates the devaluing of women under Sharia law. It doesn’t punish the first crime but further punishes innocent girls and women. I’m not sure how this story got out but one really has to feel for these girls and women under this system of belief.


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Could this be in the cards for the future of the EU and Australia?


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Are the EU and Australia going to adopt Pashtun culture anytime soon? This particular practice seems to be based more on local tradition and customs than on Islamic teachings (the paying of a crime with a girl, not the child marriage part).


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Yes, this falls in line with honor killings and female circumcision. Those things are stone age customs and culture. However, the devaluation of women and girls and viewing them as objects does fall in line with Islamic sharia law. Again, I am surprised that the first poor girl that was raped wasn’t stoned for adultery in the first place. In order to prove a rape victims innocence, there has to be four male witnesses that will testify that it was rape and not adultery. So maybe the first victim was publicly violated with other men watching which is a very sick thought to begin with. Islam isn’t just a religion but a total political and cultural faith. In countries that do become Islamic, they end up degenerating to 7th century Arabia and those things such as paying for crimes with one’s daughters or a whole host of ugly practices end up being taken and absorbed in Islam instead of being erased and eliminated as in Christianity.


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