I truly wish that this story was not true and that is had simply been spun as a bit of Anti-Islamic propaganda, for I can hardly begin to grasp the degree of horror that has been inflicted here by some religious thugs.
The Indian express reports the story here, if that was the only source then I’d question the reality of this, but in fact they sourced it from a report written by the human rights organisation “Khwendo Kor” (Sisters’ Home in Pashto). Thats a group that gets financial support from the UN. The report itself is based on case studies of women from the tribal belt living in camps set up in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for people displaced by militancy. Women in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas are more susceptible to abuse in a post-conflict scenario, whether or not they are part of the conflict, the report says.
Least you still have doubts, the International Herald Tribune also reports details out of the same report here.
So what happened? The details are as follows:
Pakistani Taliban fighters cut the breasts of a woman who was breastfeeding her child and asked other women to eat the pieces, in a gory incident highlighted in a report on the abuse of women in the militancy-hit tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.
The incident occurred when five militants walked into a house and saw the woman breastfeeding her child
The above is just one of the many different horror stories, and is not just a unique isolated incident. Another revelation is that women in camps were forced to have sex in exchange for food and non-food items. Girls and widows were at greater risk of such abuse.
“A security officer forced me to have sex in exchange for cooking oil and pulses when I was collecting food at the main entrance of the camp,” a 22-year-old woman in Jalozai camp is quoted as saying.
The surveys conducted at relief camps at Nahqai and Jalozai showed that women were uncomfortable going to toilets because men constantly lurked around.
Another fallout from all this is that honor killing has increased. What apparently happens is that women were first raped and since the rape was considered a disgrace to the family, they were later murdered.
We can condemn all of Islam on the basis that it is an irrational belief system that does not have a single jot of evidence for any of its supernatural claims, but this is in an entirely different category. I suspect many Muslims would utterly condemn such atrocities on the basis of, “Thats not us, we would never do that”, and yet where are they, why have they not risen up and demanded that the full weight of the law should be applied to those who perpetrate such hideous crimes? Those guilty are in a league all on their own and can only be described as rabid psychopaths, who have been set loose under the banner of religious belief.
Does the belief system really permit this? Tragically yes, you you read historical texts you do indeed find that it is quite bloodthirsty …
“A blind man had a slave-woman who used to abuse the Prophet and disparage him. …So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet was informed about it. He assembled the people called on the man to explain why he committed such horrendous murder. The man stood up while trembling and said: ‘I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.’ Thereupon the Prophet said: ‘Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.’” (Sunan Abu-Dawud – Book 38, Number 4348).
“A thief was brought to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him). He said: Kill him. The people said: He has committed theft, Apostle of Allah! Then he said: Cut off his hand. So his (right) hand was cut off. He was brought a second time and he said: Kill him. The people said: He has committed theft, Apostle of Allah! Then he said: Cut off his foot.
So his (left) foot was cut off.
He was brought a third time and he said: Kill him.
The people said: He has committed theft, Apostle of Allah!
So he said: Cut off his hand. (So his (left) hand was cut off.)
He was brought a fourth time and he said: Kill him.
The people said: He has committed theft, Apostle of Allah!
So he said: Cut off his foot. So his (right) foot was cut off.
He was brought a fifth time and he said: Kill him.
So we took him away and killed him. We then dragged him and cast him into a well and threw stones over him.”
(Sunan Abu-Dawud – Book 38, Number 4396)
Like most belief systems, if you take it to its literal extreme and abandon all reason and logic, you can indeed end up justifying such horrors. There is also a train of thought that attempts to stifle criticism of irrational belief systems, but doing so allows a shield of moderation to be erected and thus shield the extremists who perpetrate such crimes. No, instead all irrational beliefs should be exposed to valid logical criticism and by doing so the extremists will then not be permitted to hide and claim any justification for such crimes against humanity.
Another interesting perspective on all this can be gleaned from the book, “A God who Hates” by the Syrian author Wafa Sultan. Its a very interesting psycho pathological analysis of Islam by a psychiatrist and ex-muslim who has some rather interesting insights into all this. Apparently the mutilation of the genitals of murdered non-Muslims – and this includes the cutting off of breasts and the ripping open of the pregnant womb – is commonplace in jihad or in mob Muslim violence against non-Muslims.
This serves four purposes: 1/ it is very likely to kill her 2/ if she by some miracle survives the catastrophic blood loss and infection and escapes, it means that a. her current, Infidel baby will perish of starvation, and b. she will not be able to feed any future children she might conceive and 3/ it feeds the extreme psychopathology of Islam, with its contempt and hatred for everything female and 4/ it satisfies the pathological bloodlust of Islam, the sadism, the obscene ‘rush’ obtained by causing extreme pain and fear to another living being.
When they do it to non-Muslim women, it is about weakening the non-Muslims by destroying a woman’s ability to sustain life; by symbolically destroying the fountain of life, the breast that nurtures a child.
When they do it to their own women, it is the logical outworking of the hate and contempt that the Quran and other Islamic texts constantly encourage men to feel toward the impure, inferior, subhuman female.