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56 Women Have Been Murdered in Pakistan This Year for Giving Birth to a Girl Rather Than a Boy

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From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence, he said. "Young girls are being raped in Pakistan..

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Beth S (330)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 12:37 pm

Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday.

“A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The event was arranged by the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA).

From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence, he said. “Young girls are being raped in Pakistan and all we do is shout rather that do anything practical,” he said.

Rehman said that giving girls and boys equal access to education and introducing a uniform education system for the rich and the poor would bring about positive changes in Pakistan. “It has taken us 62 years to say that education is a basic right,” he said.

Supreme Court Advocate Shamsa Ali said a third of seats in local government should be reserved for women. This would make local bodies a nursery for young female politicians, she said.

She added that there should be a zero tolerance policy towards violence against women. She said that Pakistan had ratified the UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, but had not fully implemented it.

MPA Hina Pervez Butt, who was one of the chief guests, said that the Punjab Assembly would soon pass the Punjab Protection of Family Members from Violence Bill. “The bill is a welcome indication of the Government of Punjab’s commitment to supporting women in distress and to addressing issues of violence,” she said.

Butt said that the PML N leadership had encouraged young people like her to come forward and work for the betterment of society.

Minister for Population and Family Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said that the high population growth rate was also one of the causes of violence against women.

APWA Chairwoman Ruhi Sayid said that the association had taken many initiatives to help victims of violence.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 1:33 pm
When willl this stop ....

. (0)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:06 pm
How do you comment on this level of stupidity, ignorance, and hate?

Beth S (330)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:23 pm
These people are the ones with the same mentality to shoot the medical workers who try to save their children by giving free polio vaccines, and they murder the medical workers because they've been told that the polio vaccine is some Jewish conspiracy to make Muslims infertile.

So it's a good question about the stupidity, ignorance and hate. Maybe it will stop when all these people's children come down with polio and die or are paralyzed.

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:28 pm
it's the depth of misogyny prevailing in islam that i find so very disturbing.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:38 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:59 pm
I wish we can transport all the women-children and animals and leave every male in this pathetic excuse 4 a country. Am so exhausted with the injustices carried out against women. Something is def not right with these Middle Eastern men--i prefer to call sacks of manure.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 4:05 pm
Noted & posted

bob m (32)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 4:51 pm
Our creator has been so rich in His love usward... yet we do cause even our most vulnerable to pass through the fire.. in out poverty of heart.

bob m (32)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 4:55 pm

the pit of sheole opens up its maw ; and they are consumed in their bitterness.. they need not enemy.. they are far their own worst enemy..only a truly Loving GODD can save them; but they rail even against His Merciful Hand.

Mike H (252)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 8:39 pm
This is evil

Carla E (102)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 11:46 pm
they are so sick!

wiz wi (7)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:15 am
stupid fools if their gods say they to have a girl then rejoice as females will give birth to boys . in the mean time give the girl a that little extra bitwhat boys have its . called LOVE

Athena F (131)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:44 am
We must end the war on women.

June Bostock (50)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 7:56 am
I agree with Natasha.

Marija M (29)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 1:07 pm
thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 1:49 pm
These people are really ignorant, aren't they?

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:15 pm
I am sad to say this happens all the time

norma laborie (33)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:25 pm
SHAME for this old tradition! shared

Linda P (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
This is insane and the war on woman needs to stop. The man determines the sex of the baby, not the woman and the woman are murdered. This is beyond words.

Kaileen Reynolds (60)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 3:57 pm

marie C (163)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 4:49 pm
Things are getting worse and worse or perhaps we are just learning about these disgusting actions

Sheri Schongold (7)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 5:24 pm
Shame on the men and good old boys and their families for thinking they are the ones in control of everyone and their lives. I hope that something will get thru to them and say women are just as important as men.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 6:22 pm
Spreading ignorance, so beware and let's end this now.

P. L. Neola (21)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 6:38 pm
This is a disappointing article. It truly is.

Sheila D (28)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 8:19 pm
Education is the only way these people will ever move out of the dark ages and their attitude towards women. Sadly, scientists have realized for years that it's the male of the species who determines the sex of the child, not the female, which means these stupid men may never have a boy. It's terribly sad when violence is seen as a way of life, and change, while on the horizon, is still too far away to help those who need it most. Thanks for the article, Beth.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 9:26 pm
If the idiots only knew that it's their sperm that determines if it's a boy or a girl NOT the woman's egg!!! Will their ignorance ever stop!?

Shawna S (45)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 10:40 pm
As much as this is worrisome and insane I'd be interested to see the stats on other countries regarding females.
What will come out of Pakistan next, I wonder??

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 11:00 pm
Beth, first i have to say i'm praying for the women in Pakistan and all Islamic countries where women have no rights, where they are suppressed beyond belief, where their identities are masked and their childhood raped !
Archaic/ Medieval does not even begin to describe the lack of progress made by these 'cultures' who continue to regress embracing a male dominated world with warped idea's and ideals. Sadly it's always the innocent ones, the babies, the children who are sacrificed. And in the name of ?????????????????????

Ben B (20)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 11:28 pm
Could not have said it better Allan, Beth, Hilary and co'... the level of misogynistic violence committed in the name of ignorance is appalling. I agree Sheila, education is the only way forward, but it will take generational change before we see progress, perhaps in the meantime we could educate the men responsible for such violence in ways that they may understand, e.g. castration the old fashioned way. Nothing like separating a "man" from his gonads to make him understand you're serious. (written somewhat with tongue in cheek...)

(Written in the grey area between joking and serious; probably more out of despair for Pakistani women having to live in such an ungrateful society that doesn't value them for themselves and for what they can contribute to their families and society in general...)

Roopak Vaidya (31)
Friday November 29, 2013, 12:55 am
If they knew that it is the male sperm which determines the sex of the child, what would they do? Would they then kill the men???

Past Member (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 1:00 am
Utterly disgusting. Terrible, terrible people.

Eva C (18)
Friday November 29, 2013, 12:38 pm
Perhaps they should eliminate the men instead because actually it is the their perm determines a child's gender However, this sort of barbarous injustice in any 21st century society is outrageous.

Gabriela Moreno (3)
Friday November 29, 2013, 1:16 pm
Don't this geniuses realize that if they keep killing women and girls there will be no one to provide them with sons. Also men have no one to blame for having a girl then themselves since men determine the sex of the child. Maybe a biology lesson would be in order. If they keep killing women and girls there will be no one for theirs sons to marry and continue the family name. In addition, when there is an over population of males there is increased in violence. An over abundance of males is a loose-loose situation.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 2:46 pm

Robert B (60)
Friday November 29, 2013, 5:16 pm
These are evidently not Muslims, but simply ignorant, stupid and hateful hypocrites. IF they were really religious or spiritual humans they would know that ALL children and ALL mothers are a gift from God, Allah or the deity of their choice. They are nothing more than murderers. There will be NO REWARD for any of them in any afterlife.

Jan H (3)
Friday November 29, 2013, 5:56 pm
I have no words....

Mitchell D (87)
Friday November 29, 2013, 6:57 pm
ANY fairy tale about some supposed god being is dangerous, as it sets its believers against others, and OBVIOUSLY, out of the ignorance it breeds, this kind of violence against its very own.

David C (129)
Friday November 29, 2013, 7:06 pm

Jason R (67)
Saturday November 30, 2013, 9:00 am
Beth! When are you moving to the middle east to make a difference?

Carol just loves your obsession. Maybe you could team up.

Jason R (67)
Saturday November 30, 2013, 9:01 am

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday November 30, 2013, 9:06 am
This behavior is not from humans.

Know what I mean.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness of this world.


Beth S (330)
Saturday November 30, 2013, 10:58 pm
Gabriela Moreno writes:

"Don't this geniuses realize that if they keep killing women and girls there will be no one to provide them with sons."

This is precisely the problem!

In Ancient Greece, with the heavy focus on pederasty, the acquisition of wealth, and the heavy reliance on slavery as the means of attaining material goods, the Greeks lost the will to bear children. Female infanticide was rampant, so much so that in a 200 B.C.E. survey of 79 families in Miletus, an ancient Greek colony on the Western Turkish coast, showed a combined total of 188 sons, but only 28 daughters. Greek civilization died out for the want of a population.

Moving forward, Islam has very little regard for females, if not unadulterated hatred towards them in many cases. You can check for many of the misogynistic quotes from the Qur'an, as well as numerous other anecdotal evidence -- the FGM, the throwing of acid and shooting girls who try to go to school -- because the Qur'an said females should not know much. Boko Haram -- an Al Qaeda offshoot -- means "secular education is forbidden." Why? Because Islam cannot stand up to the scrutiny of criticism. It collapses OR Muslims get violent and they kill people who "have hurt their feelings" or who have "insulted the Prophet." Islam is unable to stand up in the market place of modern ideas. But this is a long discussion. Education for women will obviously not come easy to these areas.

However, because females are held in such low esteem, female infanticide as well as the aborting of female fetuses goes on wholesale. Many women in Pakistan have been able to obtain portable ultrasound machines and use them for the sole purpose of identifying and then preventing their female fetuses from being born.

Another issue exists. That is Muslim men are allowed up to four wives, and an limitless number of sex slaves. As the approximate ratio of male:female birth rate is 1:1, you can see that a terrible dearth of females rapidly appears. How have Muslims generally reconciled that the math is not going to work?

For hundreds of years, many Muslims around the Mediterranean Sea sent out raiding parties which traveled along the coast of southern Europe. They captured hundreds of thousands of women and brought them back to the Muslim countries to serve as sex slaves. (Women are still trafficked today in a number of countries.)

The other option for men who want a wife and children is that they marry within their tribes or often as first cousin marriages. Most of the time this means the marrying age of the girl keeps getting lower and lower. Girls as young as eight are often married off and are often unable to safely bear children and die in childbirth, thus exacerbating an already bad problem.

What happens when male Muslims can no longer replenish their marriage prospects with children that are way too young is that they are manipulated to channel their sexual impulses into Jihad. When a male has nothing to live for -- little money, no wife, no family, and he has to uphold the family honor, because Islam is a shame-based society -- it is easy for Muslim males to give up their lives fighting -- whoever. That's the stick. The carrot of course is the promise of Paradise and the 72 virgins and all sorts of other little goodies in Paradise.

In a sense it's like a much more sophisticated and convoluted version of bucks (male deer) who lock antlers till the death over who gets to mate with the females.

Islam is self-annihilating. Islamists the world over are trying to bring the entire globe under Sharia. God forbid that ever happens, but theoretically, it would kill itself off, precisely because of its issues with females and its insatiable lust for blood.


Marija M (29)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 5:54 am
tks, noted

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 8:33 am
Horrible. Noted TY Beth

Ondine J (134)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:39 pm
Noted,thanks. Absolutely horrible and frightening.

Angelene B (148)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 12:46 am
how awful and tragic!

Melania P (122)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 8:38 am
What the hell!!! Women are not even the ones that define the sex of the baby, it is the man!!!!!

Lulu H. (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 5:55 pm
Unfortunately Beth S. you are truly misguided if you actually believe the nonsense of these website your getting your info on then your truly the misguided one and are excalty like those men of countries that commit these horriffic crimes aganist gods creation. Maybe it be best your actually pick up a quran and actually read and understand it. As Islam is not only the most peace religion but it the only religion that actually gives women more rights than men and hold women at higher piety. It, is truly sad that you believe a religion that has billions of followers would actaully agree or atest to a religion of which you have described. What you have failed to reliaze that relgioin and cultural are two seprate ideas and beliefs and what you see hear and read are a group of ideas believed to run a culture that has no education or understanding of basic natural laws that god has bestowed of his people. This issue is you must educate ignorance, but wait ignoracne cannot be educated so you teach the new and unpoisoned minds that what the culture believes in is wrong and this isnt Islam. This idea has failed for genereations that have past and generations to come and all they know is that the ideas that come along are what they believe and tie it into a religion that is actually peacefully and righteous so before putting information that is truly wrong and disgracesful to a religion of peace and your only submission is to Allah swt and no othe is simply wrong and misguided. Get your info correct and trust me there is nothing wrong with going and truly asking muslim community leaders and members about questions you so desperately need the right answer to, and not the internet, And if you need giudeance just ask. Thank you

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7:07 pm

I agree that there are definitely different cultural characteristics of disparate groups of Muslims. I don't think that there is a Qur'anic injunction to throw acid on women. However, the majority of acid attacks occur with Muslims AND they are largely not prosecuted in Islamic countries.

Why do you think that is?

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7:28 pm
Someone just posted this interesting story by Tarek Fatah.

Diane L (110)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 1:04 am
It's not just Pakistan but in what is so-called PROGRESSIVE India, and yet there are men (always the MEN) from India who come into C2 and ramble on and ON about how evil it is to raise cattle for human consumption and claim they are all superior in India because they're "vegetarians" and don't eat meat. Yeah, like cows stand in the only potable water in the area, while children die of thirst and malnutrition yards away, and women who are pregnant are forced to have an ultrasound and if the fetus is female, she is forced to have an abortion or face execution, herself. That certainly sounds like a progressive culture, doesn't it?

Beth S (330)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 5:40 am
That's terrible. The caste system is so inhumane. It makes me cry sometimes to see how the untouchables are treated, even though it's illegal. As bad as that is, and it is bad, Hinduism is not trying to spread itself throughout the world, and Islam is. So where ever it spreads, all its diseases, like honor killing, etc., go with it. And it's definitely trying to establish itself in the West and destroy the West, and it's made a lot of good headway.

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