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Stacklin reports: "This was the 15th deadly attack on a female victim in Kunduz in 2012, the human rights organization said."


"Amnesty International is very concerned about the violations against women in Afghanistan." (photo: DailyMail)



14 Year Old Afghan Girl Beheaded for Refusing Marriage

By Jeff Stacklin, Yahoo! News

02 December 12

 

14-year-old Afghan girl was beheaded and killed in an attack by two men, one of whom apparently asked her to marry him.

The attack happened Tuesday, a day before new legislation was introduced in Congress calling on the U.S. government to take steps to help protect Afghan women and girls as the U.S. military prepares to exit Afghanistan.

Gasitina, a student, was beheaded in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. The attack was initially reported by local media, and was confirmed by Amnesty International researcher Horia Mosadiq in an email.

The girl was fetching water when she was accosted, according to reports. The men, who have not been identified, were arrested by police. The girl and her parents had refused a marriage proposal by one of the men, according to the Amnesty International report.

This was the 15th deadly attack on a female victim in Kunduz in 2012, the human rights organization said.

"Amnesty International is very concerned about the violations against women in Afghanistan," said Cristina Finch, director of the organization's Women's Human Rights program.

Amnesty reported a similar incident in October, when a young woman was murdered and her throat slashed. In that case, the woman apparently refused to work as a prostitute.

Although it appears such attacks are increasing in frequency, it may be that the world outside Afghanistan is just beginning to hear about them, Finch said.

On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas, introduced the Afghan Women and Girls' Security Promotion Act. If passed in its current form, the bill addresses how women's security will be monitored as the U.S. military withdraws from the country.

The bill also calls for improved gender sensitivity among Afghanistan's national security forces and recruitment of women within the ranks of those forces.

Amnesty International USA's executive director Suzanne Nossel applauded Casey and Hutchison for introducing the bill.

"As the United States military transitions out of Afghanistan, Afghan women's human rights continue to be at grave risk and demand urgent attention," Nossel said in a statement. "The fate of women will be a crucial determinant of that country's prospects for a stable and prosperous future."

In a report on Afghan violence against women, Amnesty International wrote that one of the justifications of the U.S. military going into the country in 2001 was to ensure the protection of human rights, including women's rights.

"More than 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban, modest advances have been made for girls and women in Afghanistan," the report said. "But much remains to be done. Peace talks between the Taliban, Afghan government and the U.S. jeopardize even these modest gains as the U.S. searches for a quick exit."

 

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-46 # MidwestTom 2012-12-02 10:50
How many Muslims will it take before honor killing is accepted in the US? We have already experienced several cases and court issued light sentences due to the 'culture' of the families involved.. We are receiving over 350,000 Muslims immigrants per year. In Michigan they introduced a bill to make it a felony to criticize Islam. Once they achieve about 20% of the population they do not integrate, ask the French for conformation. Teddy Roosevelt insisted that all Americans speak one language and accept American values, or leave. No politician today has the courage to do that.
 
 
+28 # ladybug 2012-12-02 13:12
It does seem to me that, if you want to live here, you must be willing to abide by our basic constitutional and cultural values. On the other hand, many of our native-born population doesn't do so well in that regard.
 
 
+27 # Smiley 2012-12-02 13:17
Are you seriously implying that non-Muslim women and girls are never killed by non-Muslim suitors who have been rejected?
 
 
+4 # hsfrey 2012-12-02 15:53
Are you seriously implying that this form of violence against women is as common in the West as in Muslim countries?

Please give newspaper references to honor-killings, acid-flinging, officially-sanc tioned gang-rapes, murders by rejected suitors, etc. in non-muslim countries.
 
 
+19 # Glen 2012-12-02 19:32
Women and children are killed or beaten regularly in the U.S. Such as the Kansas City Chiefs player killing his girlfriend and then himself. Most of the time the man walks away. Too bad they all don't kill themselves, but they should do that first.

Check out local papers from around the country. The reason for killing women and children in the U.S. may be different from Afghanistan, but it is still killing women - husbands, boyfriends, fathers.
 
 
+3 # Johnny 2012-12-02 20:54
So you are saying it is okay for the Israeli and U.S. governments to murder in cold blood THOUSANDS of little girls with rockets, napalm, white phosphorous, cluster bombs, cruise missiles, tanks, artillery, guns, and drones, but it is different when illiterate idiots in Afghanistan to do it with acid?
 
 
+13 # Glen 2012-12-03 16:35
I'm not certain who you are addressing your post to, Johnny, but of course it is not OK for ANY COUNTRY or individual to kill . Period

Women and children have been the target of killing by men for centuries in one form or another, and it defies logic to try to understand the ego, savagery, and indifference toward the victim.
 
 
+22 # RufRydr 2012-12-03 07:02
About 1400 women are killed as a result of domestic violence in the U.S. I am sure that this equally troubling phenomena is puzzling to citizens of other countries..And furthermore, identifying this as a "Muslim" issue is simply ignorant. There are significantly more Muslims who find the Afghan customs and behaviors aberrant than those who support it. Identifying this as an Islamic cultural issue is tantamount to defining the behaviors and beliefs of the Klu Klux Klan to all white christians in America. .
 
 
+16 # Pancho 2012-12-02 15:18
I agree with T.R. How dare these people come to the U.S. and speak and publish in their own language? Do they somehow believe in the First Amendment? Do they mistake themselves for corporations?

The Jewish (Daily) Forward and its Yiddish Forward counterpart, though now weeklies, have been publishing for 115 years. Why didn't Roosevelt stop them?

After I wrote the above sarcastic comments, I checked this Roosevelt statement to see if it was factual. It was, but your zenophobia has led you much further than TR, with what he wrote, 3 days before he died in 1919, over 10 years after he left office.

He was writing exclusively about language not "native" to the U.S. So, for instance, he made no statement concerning say, Native American languages, including Hawaiian, thanks to our theft of the Islands. He didn't refer to Creole, or Gullah, or in fact Spanish, since a significant portion of the U.S. Southwest was Spanish speaking, a remnant of our capturing and taking over Mexican territories or through acquiring Puerto Rico, or the descendants of the Chinese who built the intercontinenta l railroads. He was writing exclusively about immigrant acculturation.

He wasn't right about everything, of course. He was, however progressive, a product of his times.

He was right about corporations, though, just as Jefferson was, and contrary to the bias of the corporatist, reactionary, Bush/Reagan appointed majority on the Supreme Court.
 
 
+6 # Doll 2012-12-02 17:09
I agree with you, Pancho, but I'm going to nitpick.

Xenophobia is spelled with an ex even though it is pronounced with a zee.
 
 
+14 # mdhome 2012-12-02 15:38
The record of the republicants is not so great for women either.
 
 
-19 # The Voice of Reason 2012-12-02 20:08
I am shocked. But not about the death of women and children in Middle East Islamic regimes where the cry of murder is daily on the blood-stained lips of the men who chant it.

No, I am shocked that RSN is actually reporting on this. And yet, somehow the usually Jew-hating RSN bloggers still manage to blame the Repubs.

For a moment there, I thought there was going to be a breath of fresh air. Oh well, there is something to be said for ignoring the danger that lurks beyond your borders. Too bad you won't listen.
 
 
-17 # brux 2012-12-03 01:43
Yeah, your some of your attitudes are not respected around here by fiat, not for any reason or logical argument, just basic belief, while they complain about religious people's belief. the overwhelming audience here is not very bright in my estimation.

This is the kind of story that ought to make left wingers think about what they are supporting when they do thinks like supporting a Palestinian state.
 
 
+3 # Eduardo3 2012-12-05 17:41
Logical argument?
(1) Afghanistan is not Palestine.
(2) If incidents of horrifying violence against women disqualified a particular people from having a self-determinin g state, I think there would be very few actual nations in the world. Maybe a few Pacific island nation-states, but that'd be about it. Certainly the U.S. wouldn't qualify, due to the incidents Glen pointed out above.
 
 
+6 # kyzipster 2012-12-03 07:49
If you believe the Constitution is 'just a piece of paper', your fear is understandable I suppose.
 
 
+9 # akh752 2012-12-03 12:01
I assume your Michigan reference is to the decision by the Board of Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), a public transit company that operates buses in the greater Detroit area. SMART bans all political advertising on its buses; that decision was upheld by the federal appellate court in Cincinnati when a group wanted to plaster anti-Islam ads on the buses. It was the right decision by SMART and by the appellate court.
 
 
-22 # kasibafe 2012-12-02 11:51
Americans fought and died in that country so those kind of things wouldn't happen. Billions and billions of dollars were spent so those kind of things wouldn't happen. Young American lives have been scarred for ever because of service there so those things wouldn't happen. Maybe it would be better for Americas to stay home in some situations because those kind of things are going to continue to happen no many the cost in lives, resources, and funds. Some folks are never going to change, and those kind of things are going to happen forever. Just leave them alone and let them live in their misery, bloodshed, and hatred.
 
 
+19 # wrknight 2012-12-02 14:19
We didn't go there for that reason. We went there to get Bin Laden and then some damned fool decided while we were at it we should bring them democracy.
 
 
+12 # fuzzbuzz 2012-12-02 16:29
No war is fought "to get" some guy.

That was just a pretext, obviously. Afghanistan was going to be invaded anyway, just like Iraq.
 
 
+11 # RufRydr 2012-12-03 07:08
Actually, the only real outcome of the occupation was the natural gas pipeline agreement that was signed within the first year of occupation. U.S. efforts in the country have been strengthening security around that project. A secondary role of occupation is creating a boundary around Iran for strategic reasons. We could really care less what these folks do to one another.
 
 
+25 # giraffee2012 2012-12-02 12:10
If this happens in USA - American law applies - so these men will spend rest of their lives in jail. In USA we do have places for threatened women to go for help (not that these places are completely safe) and many women don't use these "heavens"

Considering what the Republican state governments are doing to women's rights in USA - I wonder why anybody votes these GOP-snakes into office (although many people do vote against their own best interests - ala FAUX's help)
 
 
+15 # Activista 2012-12-02 13:18
"This was the 15th deadly attack on a female victim in Kunduz in 2012"
and Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the Army soldier who is set to be charged in the killings of 16 Afghan civilian men, women and children, spent the weekend in pretrial isolation as military prosecutors prepared a case ...
Where is Amnesty International?
...Drone attacks in Pakistan -
en.wikipedia.or g/wiki/Drone_at tacks_in_Pakist anTotal strikes: 350; Total reported killed: 2,586 – 3,375; Civilians reported .... the number of drones operated by the CIA over Afghanistan and Pakistan doubled.
PLEASE!
 
 
0 # Eduardo3 2012-12-05 17:45
What exactly is your point? That we shouldn't care about the lives of these women because other people are also committing murder in a totally different context?
 
 
0 # Johnny 2012-12-06 23:05
The point is that the U.S. media go ape shit blaming the whole world of Islam whenever a Muslim commits such a crime, but either completely censor or make excuses for the mass murder of little girls when Christians and Jews are the killers. The point is that the welfare of little girls is the last thing Jeff Stacklin and his comrades in Zionist propaganda care about. The point is that all murders of girls and women are horrible, and not only those that feed into the Zionist hate-Islam propaganda machine.
 
 
+31 # hsfrey 2012-12-02 13:19
Yes, how Afghans treat their women is horrible, but how did it become our problem?

We went into Afghanistan to get Bin Laden. He's no longer there. Why are we?

If Muslims want to behave like animals, we have neither the right nor the responsibility to protect them from themselves.

Are we going to assert the right to invade any country that has poor civil rights?

How about fixing our own despicable civil rights record first?
 
 
+19 # Regina 2012-12-02 18:33
On your third comment, hsfrey: What variety of animal murders its females, other than "humans"? What gang of humans murders its females other than its religious zealots? It wasn't muslims who killed that woman in Ireland, in 1984, when they denied her an abortion for a very seriously failing pregnancy as she sank into septicemia.
 
 
+20 # cafetomo 2012-12-02 13:24
Won't marry? We kill you. Won't prostitute? We kill you. No morality encompasses this behavior. Death gives nothing. Which these women prefer to slavery. Pity we are leaving them with nothing but the poverty and anarchy which allows it.
 
 
+18 # wrknight 2012-12-02 14:13
Who says there isn't a war on women?
 
 
+7 # Johnny 2012-12-02 15:45
U.S. hypocrisy knows no limits! The U.S. sponsored and funded the Al Qaida war that overthrew the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan and replaced it with the Taliban. The U.S.-sponsored terrorists rose up largely in outrage that the Soviet-backed government decided to allow women to attend the University! And now the U.S. pretends piously to care about the rights of Afghan women? Gimme a break!
 
 
-7 # brux 2012-12-02 17:30
How can you call a society that lets that happen human?

I do agree that the statements and actions of the US have at times been contradictory, but that is the way the world is, nothing is perfect, nothing is pure, nothing is unselfish.

I don't want things like this happening in the West and I am OK with the West fighting against it in Afghanistan or other places.
 
 
+1 # Eduardo3 2012-12-05 17:51
The crime is inhuman. The society is very human. To be flawed is human. At least the murderer in this case was arrested, unlike in many situations of violence against women worldwide.

The West is NOT fighting in Afghanistan for the cause of human rights. That was never the stated or actual purpose of the invasion. But I do think it is a good thing that the Senators mentioned in the article are now making an effort to promote women's security in that country.
 
 
0 # Johnny 2012-12-05 21:41
If you think the Senators mentioned in the article are interested in promoting women's security instead of merely propaganda to continue the occupation of Afghanistan, I have a bridge in Arizona to sell you.
 
 
+5 # CAMUS1111 2012-12-02 17:56
"14-year-old Afghan girl was beheaded and killed..." Great reporting there! Is it possible to be beheaded and not killed? Will the extreme right wing fascist gop'ers look at this as a model of behavior?
 
 
-2 # MidwestTom 2012-12-02 20:05
A popular song in England:
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=wq_lhlIn1e0
 
 
+2 # Johnny 2012-12-02 20:48
After the Zionist occupation force, funded and armend by the U.S. taxpayers, stops murdering little girls by the hundreds, then maybe Christians and Jews can complain about crimes in the Muslim world. U.S. hypocrisy ande sanctimony have no bounds.
 
 
+2 # Eduardo3 2012-12-05 17:59
Sorry, I think we as individuals are fully capable of criticizing both the crimes of our governments and the crimes of others. Well, at least some of us are. If it's wrong it's wrong, no matter who does it. In my opinion violence against women has nothing to do with Christinity/Jud aism/Islam/Hind uism (and even less to do with geopolitics). It is about men's insatiable, egoistic desire to dominate and control women. Men just use religion as an excuse. I'd like to see the part of the Koran where it says to kill someone because they refuse to marry you or work as a prostitute.
 
 
+2 # EBro 2012-12-04 22:50
Horror!
This behavior must end.
Women need to be treated with respect.
It's a worldwide issue.
 
 
+7 # karenvista 2012-12-05 00:07
70% of women worldwide will be victims of domestic abuse or homicide during their lifetimes. The west is not blameless:

Domestic and intimate partner violence occurs in epidemic proportions, affecting an estimated 6.2 million American women each year, causing injury that is more serious to women than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
(Department of Justice (DOJ), 2008).

It is estimated that at least 4 million women experience a serious assault by an
intimate male partner during an average 12-month period. In fact, nearly 95 percent of domestic violence victims are
women (DOJ, 2008).

Several global surveys suggest that half of all women who die from homicide are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.

In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, 40 to 70 per cent of female murder victims were killed by their partners, according to the World Health Organization.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide number of so-called “honour killing” victims may be as high as 5,000 women.

The reasons may vary but the violence against women is worldwide.
 
 
+1 # cesar 2012-12-05 16:02
this is a terrible event. heartbreaking. we should understand that violence is violence. it is not Muslim. it is not American, Latin, European, black, white, male or female. it is not uneducated, or is it educated. rich or poor. it does not discriminate.
in a moment like this, reading this article, there is nothing we can do to change this event. but we can change our minds. rather than engage a mind filled with anger, aggression, that such an event is possible, we should send out prayers, wishes, that events like this might cease.

recall your state of mind when you began to read this article and as you finished. there is always an opportunity to let go of the violence of our thoughts. mind the gap.
 
 
-1 # hsfrey 2012-12-05 19:38
Are you suggesting that it is OUR fault for being angry at this abominable act, not the fault of the monsters who committed it?

And that the extent of our response should be prayer and wishes?

Are you suggesting that your omniscient god is unaware of of it, and needs us to call his attention to it with prayer?

As far as your cloying remark about the ubiquity of evil - THIS sort of thing is done only by Muslim men.

In case you don't know, they don't use a guillotine. Can you imagine what it is like to saw off a living person's head with a knife?

The horror is unimaginable!

And most of these cases aren't even investigated by the Muslim authorities
 
 
+1 # Pancho 2012-12-05 23:58
You're right. Of course only MUSLIM men did this too!

Within the first two to four months of the atomic bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day. The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In a US estimate of the total immediate and short term cause of death, 15–20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizeable garrison.
 
 
+1 # cesar 2012-12-06 09:23
Quoting hsfrey:
Are you suggesting that it is OUR fault for being angry at this abominable act, not the fault of the monsters who committed it?


no, i am not. it is obvious who is at fault. we are responsible for our actions.

on this forum, what more can you do? start where you are. if you think your aggression towards these, "monsters" or my comment is of any benefit or service, think again. violence begins in your mind. it is very obvious to see, reading your response.

i suggested no god, or that such a god is unaware. i suggested that we should perhaps practice awareness and recognize where violence and aggression begins. prayers, wishes, is the first step in changing our mind.

there is nothing overtly sweet about the presence of evil, as you describe it.
if i offend you with my observations and thoughts, i sincerely apologize.

i was suggesting an alternative to our normal process of thinking, as i was reading many of the negative comments on this thread and noticing the aggression. it doesn't help. it certainly doesn't help change the event. if you believe it does help your state of mind, help you become a better human being, more able to help others, i suggest you reevaluate your condition.
 
 
0 # hsfrey 2012-12-06 11:00
No, the violence did NOT "begin in my mind". It began with the horrible murder of a young girl.

The type of passivity in the face of evil that you recommend is one of the main reason evil is triumphant.

Anger is a necessary goad to encourage us to attempt to fight evil.

You may contemplate your navel, or pray to imaginary saviors, but is is fortunate that not everyone is so absurdly passive.
 
 
0 # cesar 2012-12-06 12:00
this event occurred because the idea to be passive for these men, one of which could not accept rejection, was absurd.

take care,
 
 
0 # cesar 2012-12-07 08:33
these men committed this act of violence, specifically one who could not accept rejection, because the thought of being passive, was absurd.

take care,
 
 
+3 # Pancho 2012-12-06 23:34
There's an interesting story about a serial killer who committed suicide while awaiting trial in the Anchorage jail, this week. You can find the story of Israel Keyes in the Anchorage Daily News.

He killed people all over the U.S., apparently, including a girl he raped and killed in Anchorage last winter. He kept her in a shed when he took a cruise to the Caribbean and when he got back he photographed her corpse posed as if she were still alive in order to get a "ransom."

The teen may have been Jewish.

Israel Keyes was captured when he went to Wells, Texas, where his white supremacist "Christian Identity Church" was having his sister's wedding. He confessed to cutting up the girl's body with a chain saw and dropping it through a hole in a frozen lake. He also confessed to at least seven other murders including that of a couple in Vermont.

Like you say, those Muslims are terrible people.
 

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