God forbid. god forbid. god forbid. Gender division has nothing to do with god. It is a human construction. A devised, contrived, set of human boundaries that has promoted untold suffering, degrading both victim and victimizer. Boundaries based on sex is a total fraud. These social divisions and the mechanisms used to reinforce them end up creating archetypes which conform to stereotypes. Self fulfilling predictions based on the most primitive sense of property and possession.
In cultures where feudalist mentality is the norm, a women migrating from her set role, and having pre-marital sex, have quickly found that death is considered reasonable, logical and rational often by her family. This type of socially embedded and systematic assault on the female gender is becoming more publicized with immigration to the West, at the same time casting a shadow on our own structural sexism based on capitalism, democracy, and some of the same invidious comparisons. Still, the often easy resort to cultural relativism with religio/ideological support is insidious in the most absolute terms and poses serious questions about immigration and the feasibility of even partial acculturation. The killing of women to preserve family “honor”, is one of the most blood-boiling examples.
In societis where honour killing/murder is acceptable or even compulsory, it probably does makes sense in a twisted way as a meaningful practice inculcated into a whole sphere of national institutions regulating sexuality. In much the same way as a Heidegger can write a million words that in the last paragraph justify death camps. Or Americans with slavery. Unfortunately, it can be assumed that most of the folks who kill their female family members who have someone do it for them, are not perturbed of it as a criminal act, or even as a social crime; they did the right thing within the context they acted, just another pit of bones within the normative social order.
Christie Blatchford:The 59-year-old Afghan patriarch accused of murder in the deaths of almost half his family finished testifying in his own defence Friday. But while Mr. Shafia continued to deny killing his three daughters and barren first wife, he was nonetheless painted into numerous corners by assistant Crown attorney Laurie Lacelle, who used Mr. Shafia’s own words as her chief weapon. He, his 41-year-old second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed, now 20, are all pleading not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the four….
The bodies of the couple’s three daughters — Zainab, Sahar and Geeti, then respectively 19, 17 and 13 — and Mr. Shafia’s unacknowledged first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, were found in a submerged black Nissan at the Kingston Mills locks on June 30, 2009, just two years after they immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal…
Basically, everywhere, particularly the West- which can better hide it or exploit it because of its relative wealth- women’s second class status is essential in keeping the social stratified structure of the ruling sector, basically male, in maintaining the family and other institutions. Significantly, similar processes function in countries of the world where control of women’s behavior, dress, and representation in public space have been made examples of orthodoxies in confrontation with modernism, and the forces of secular society. However, even in the more progressive societies, women’s control over their bodies, and their ability to create their future, question identity, is precarious and a work in progress when faced with rubbing on the frontier of male power. No, the division is not biological. Instead, social and cultural forces exercise an undue influence on the mental process by which division is achieved and reinforced: basically persuasion through the advertising/entertainment complex and other embedded cultural mechanisms intrinsic to economics.
…A key admission came when Ms. Lacelle, using Mr. Shafia’s conversations on Kingston Police wiretaps, quoted him telling Hamed on the day of their arrest that July that “We haven’t done anything wrong. They [the dead women] did it themselves.”
“Indeed,” Mr. Shafia replied.
“You believe their actions brought about their rightful deaths?” Ms. Lacelle asked.
“Yes,” Mr. Shafia said.
He went on to say that the girls’ lies to him and secrets kept from him — the eldest had run away from home and Sahar had a boyfriend — amounted to a betrayal.
“You believed your daughters deserved to die for their treachery?” Ms. Lacelle asked.
“That’s up to God,” Mr. Shafia snapped. “What they did, for us [the family] they were not deserving.”
“Their treachery brought dishonour to you and your family?” she persisted.
“We believe in that,” Mr. Shafia agreed.
Again throwing his words back at him, Ms. Lacelle asked, “You had a choice — to accept what they did, or kill them?”
Zainab, the oldest Shafia sister
“Not,” said Mr. Shafia.
“And you chose to kill them?”
“I never do some things to my children,” he said, “and I love them more than my own body.”…
The “woman issue” , which sounds a bit like the Jewish question, is basic to the notion of injustice. The degrading and division of women is a significant mechanism in reinforcing male bonding and untangling identity issues, as Bell Hooks in Outlaw Culture perceptively conveyed. It also protects institutions that favor misogyny providing the fodder that helps society as we know it function, albeit at a repressive and violent level needed to maintain the status-quo. Misogyny and sexism is an industry.
At another point, after Ms. Lacelle again accused Mr. Shafia of killing the four, he said, “Dear respected lady, we never give ourselves the permission to do that. Our Koran does not allow ourselves to do that…
“How could someone do that?” he asked.
“You might do it if you thought they were whores,” the prosecutor smoothly replied, a reference to Mr. Shafia’s repeated cursing of his dead daughters as “filth” and “whores” on the wiretaps.
“Respected lady,” he said, “that was only Zainab, and Sahar, that later I learned. The others were innocents. It’s impossible.”…
…As his words on the wiretaps had revealed him as an unforgiving man, so did his words in testimony show him as a ruthless father who at the least was gloating at the fate meted out to his disobedient family.
In another skillful exchange, Ms. Lacelle took Mr. Shafia through the chats he, Ms. Yahya and Hamed had in their minivan the day police took them to the “accident scene” just outside this eastern Ontario city.
Though the trio clearly believed they were speaking privately, detectives had planted a bug in the van, and then pretended to have spotted a small camera at the water’s edge — it was a ruse — where the Nissan had gone into the canal….
So, women are designated as standard bearers of honor in many societies with so-called virtue being a male possession, a status and distinction marker with male grouping and their sense of territory and perimeter. Simple. danger, risk and purity. A women’s conformity, obeyance to these male created norms is as an allegory of the dignity of a given group; with a gross double standard whereby males can participate in deviant activities while the female must maintain purity and are closely scrutinized. The holy trinity of regulate, separate and cover. It serves to masculinize public life and society at large, where the virile male is the default position for collective representation, but the religio-nationalist view is also highly secularized as well meaning the secular in many respects and the religious are trying to enact the same results, simply the means vary widely…
…First, the prosecutor got Mr. Shafia to agree that he and Ms. Yahya were at that moment grieving parents, Hamed a grieving brother.
“You must have been relieved to hear police had located a camera?” she asked….
“Yes,” said Mr. Shafia. “I got relaxed.”
“You wanted them to get as much evidence as possible?” Ms. Lacelle asked.
“Yes,” he replied.
“So why do your private conversations that day show you were anything but happy?” she asked cheerfully.
Mr. Shafia asked for the question to be repeated by the Farsi translators.
“The conversations do not show you were happy police had found a camera,” Ms. Lacelle said.
“I was happy at everything they found,” Mr. Shafia insisted.
In fact, the wiretaps show the trio were in full panic — and markedly lacking in anything remotely resembling grief.
Ms. Yahya at one point said, “There was no camera over there. I looked around, there wasn’t any. If, God forbid, God forbid, there was one in that little house, all three of us would have come, no?” And Mr. Shafia reassured her by saying, “That night, there was no electricity there, everywhere was pitch darkness, you remember, Tooba?”
Mr. Shafia agreed the conversation had happened, but insisted that “I said it would be good.”
He said nothing of the sort, as Ms. Lacelle pointed out to him.
“Hamed says, ‘They said they want to see if the camera has recorded anything or not. They said there’s a camera near the water.’ You say, ‘They’re lying. If there was a camera, they’d access it in a minute.’…
…“That’s an expression of happiness that they found a camera?” Ms. Lacelle asked mildly.
“This is what I meant,” Mr. Shafia said. “It would be good.”
It was a remarkably deft cross-examination of a witness alternately condescending and sly, who hid behind the complications of language and translation, and who could — and did — make himself weep.
When, for instance, Ms. Lacelle was reading his own words, post-arrest, back to him — he was then hectoring a worried Hamed about the importance of “honour” — Mr. Shafia agreed that he linked his honour with his daughters’ rebellious behaviour.
“I said that, yes,” he said, then launched into one of his not infrequent soliloquies.
During it, he said that while “my honour is important to me, to kill someone, you can’t regain your reputation and honour [that way]. Dear lady, you should know that …” and then added, “I would never even think this way, to go and kill my children. I’m a Muslim, yes, but I’m not a killer and I don’t kill.”
He was crying when he finished. It is too much to expect he was aware of the score — dear respected lady 1, Afghan man, 0…. Read More:http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/12/09/honour-killing-trial-mohammad-shafias-words-turned-against-him-in-cross-examination/
Allah’s Apostle said, “If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relation) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.” Bukhari 4.54.450
It is hilarious to think that the angels have nothing better to do than sit around and curse the poor woman all the night for depriving them from watching the live porno show. If Allah must punish woman for not satisfying the sexual needs of their husbands why does he needs angels to lobby him for it? Isn’t it a waste of angel’s resources?
In one sense this is all truly very funny. But in another, much larger sense, it is a tragedy…
I think it is worth mentioning that in Saudi Arabia if a person has been killed or caused to die by another, the latter has to pay blood money or compensation, as follows:
100,000 riyals if the victim is a Muslim man
50,000 riyals if a Muslim woman
50,000 riyals if a Christian man
25,000 riyals if a Christian woman
6,666 riyals if a Hindu man
3,333 riyals if a Hindu woman
Source: The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2002
So as you see people’s worth are not the same in Islam. It depends on their gender and their religion. Read More:http://www.primechoice.com/philosophy/jihadpages/women.htm