It takes a Muslim village ……. to burn a 16 year old girl to death. This was not one person, this was a village and the victim’s mother. Honor killing on a whole other level.
“This is an extreme of barbarism. I haven’t seen such an inhuman incident in my career.”
In explaining this story, NBC News writer, Mushtaq Yusufzai, engages in some heavy taqiya (lies to advance Islam.) Mainstream news organizations almost always have Muslims write these stories for the necessary spin. Yusufzai insists that the Quran prohibits forced marriage. But this is semantics. It doesn’t prohibit arranged marriages. There is a Hadith in which Mouhammad says, don’t marry a girl off without her consent – and the people say – how do you know if she consents? And Mo says – by her silence. So I would expect that in a culture where women are so devalued, most don’t DARE say anything, for fear of being beaten, ostracized, or even killed.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No previously-married woman should be married off without being consulted, and no virgin should be married off without asking her permission.” They said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what is her permission?” He said: “If she remains silent.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4843; Muslim, 1419.(Source: Robert Spencer)
In Pakistan, well over 1,000 women are killed every year in the name of honor, women defying their family in the name of love is considered a source of shame under Islam.
As reported by RT.com:
The murder happened last week in the town of Donga Gali, about 50km northeast of the capital, Islamabad, Reuters reported.
The so-called honor killing was ordered by the elders as punishment after the victim helped a couple from the nearby village of Makol. The couple violated cultural norms when they ran off together, and the elders saw the 16-year-old’s participation in the act as causing irreparable damage to the village’s reputation.
The elders “took her to an abandoned place outside the village and made her unconscious by injecting her with some drugs,” said district police chief Saeed Wazir.
“Then they seated the girl in a van in which the couple had escaped. They tied her hands to the seats and then poured petrol on her and the vehicle.”
The vehicle was then set ablaze, he said, adding that: “I hadn’t seen such a barbaric attack in my whole life.”
Reuters said 15 members of the tribal council were arrested in the case, as were the mother and the brother of the victim, who allegedly attended the meeting where the punishment was ordered and agreed to it. AP said there were 13 people arrested and said the girl was strangled to death rather than drugged before the van was set on fire.
Tribal councils have no legal power in Pakistan, but are often called to settle local conflicts in northwestern tribal regions of the country.
Hundreds of honor killings – an archaic tradition meant to restore family honor through the death of an offender – are committed in Pakistan each year. Relatives of the victims are often involved in such crimes.
Few cases of honor killings ever go to court, and in those that do the accused are often pardoned by judges under a norm stemming from sharia law. Pakistani legislators are trying to close that loophole.