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Afghanistan - Taliban Menace

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  • Sanjay Rath
    If you decide not to forward this, please send it back to me. This is an actual petition, and signatures will be lost if you drop the line. Please take 3
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 20, 2001
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      If you decide not to forward this, please send it back to me. This is an
      actual petition, and "signatures" will be lost if you drop the line. Please
      take 3 minutes out of your life to do your part.
      Madhu, the government of Afghanistan, is waging a war upon women. Since
      the Taliban took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been
      beaten and stoned in public for not having the proper attire, even if this
      means simply not having the mesh covering in front of their eyes. One woman
      was beaten to death by an angry mob of fundamentalists for accidentally
      exposing her arm(!) while she was driving. Another was stoned to death for
      trying to leave the country with a man that was not a relative. Women are
      not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male relative;
      professional women such as professors, translators, doctors, lawyers,
      artists and writers have been forced from their jobs and restricted to
      their homes. Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted
      so that she can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so
      that they are never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the
      slightest misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male
      relatives or
      husbands are either starving to death or begging the street, even if they
      hold Ph.D.s. Depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached
      emergency levels. There is no way in such an extreme Islamic society to
      know the suicide rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating
      that
      the suicide rate among women must be extraordinarily high: those who cannot
      find proper medication and treatment for severe depression and would rather
      take their lives than live in such conditions.
      At one of the rare hospitals for women, a reporter found still, nearly
      lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds, wrapped in their burqua,
      unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but slowly wasting
      away.
      Others have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners, perpetually rocking
      or crying, most of them in fear. When what little medication that is left
      finally runs out, one doctor is considering leaving these women in front of
      the president's residence as a form of protest. It is at the point where
      the
      term "human rights violations" has become an understatement. Husbands have
      the power of life and death over their women relatives, especially their
      wives, but an angry mob has just as much right to stone or beat a woman,
      often to death, for exposing an inch of flesh or offending them in the
      slightest way.
      Women enjoyed relative freedom: to work, to dress generally as they wanted,
      and to drive and appear in public alone until only 1996.The rapidity of
      this transition is the main reason for the depression and suicide; Women
      who were once educators or doctors or simply used to basic human freedoms
      are now severely restricted and treated as subhuman in the name of
      right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not their tradition or culture,' but
      it is alien to them, and it is extreme even for those cultures where
      fundamentalism is the rule.
      Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are women
      in a Muslim country. If we can threaten military force in Kosovo the name
      of human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world can
      certainly express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and injustice
      committed against women by the Taliban. (See Directions at End)
      STATEMENT:
      In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women in
      Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves action by the United
      Nations and that the current situation overseas will not be tolerated.
      Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere, and it is UNACCEPTABLE for
      women in 2001 to be treated as subhuman and as so much property. Equality
      and human decency is a fundamental RIGHT, not a freedom to be granted,
      whether one lives in Afghanistan or elsewhere.
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