UPDATE: I wonder what these women would say about the Great Lie of Feminism?
According to HRCP, an estimated 70-90 percent of Pakistani women have suffered some form of domestic violence—ranging from beatings and rape to maiming and murder. Shahid became aware of these practices while researching forced marriages for the Lahore-based daily Khabrain. The so-called “blood marriages” (vinni, from the Pashto word for blood) are forced unions between rival clan members in parts of northwestern Pakistan. They settle disputes, restore honor, win forgiveness, and turn mostly minor girls—some as young as 5 years old—into servant-mistresses. Tribal jirgas, or assemblies, order the unions. One girl above the age of 7 or two girls younger than that are an acceptable compensation for, say, murder. The girls become the property of the victim’s family.
Yeah, but you know, the right not to have your husband throw acid in your face is just so much bullshit, don't you think?
The acid burns the hair off their heads, fuses lips, melts breasts, and leaves the victims blind, in agony, unrecognizable, and scarred for life. According to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), at least 211 women were killed in 2002 and countless others maimed when their husbands threw acid in their faces to punish them for disobedience. In Urdu, the acid is called tez ab—sharp water. Some victims say that it is worse than dying.
But is it worse than the boy crisis in education? That's what I want to know!
Forced marriage article via Pakistani Women.
It's interesting what you turn up if you Google Blogsearch "feminism"--in this case, one daft fact-challenged blogger who will not or cannot blame her resentment in her marriage on anything but big, bad, ugly feminism, and one blog about women struggling to attain the same rights that same daft blogger takes for granted. It would be sad if it weren't so . . . no, I'm sorry. It's just sad, period.