What an incomprehensibly horrid form expression of anger an acid attack is. Apparently, it is kind of common for these kinds of attacks to happen. This is just one of the sickest expressions of a deeply religious culture which denies the value of women and values a man's "honor" to a shameless and most dishonorable extent. An excerpt from the article:
"Younus was a teenage dancing girl working in the red light district of the southern city of Karachi when she met her future husband, the son of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, a former governor of Pakistan's largest province, Punjab. The unusual pairing was the younger Khar's third marriage. He was in his mid-30s at the time.
The couple was married for three years, but Younus eventually left him because he allegedly physically and verbally abused her. She claimed that he came to her mother's house while she was sleeping in May 2000 and poured acid all over her in the presence of her 5-year-old son from a different man.
Tehmina Durrani, Ghulam Mustafa Khar's ex-wife and his son's stepmother, became an advocate for Younus after the attack, drawing international attention to the case. She said that Younus' injuries were the worst she had ever seen on an acid attack victim.
"So many times we thought she would die in the night because her nose was melted and she couldn't breathe," said Durrani, who wrote a book about her own allegedly abusive relationship with the elder Khar. "We used to put a straw in the little bit of her mouth that was left because the rest was all melted together.""
I saw this on AOL's home page a day or so ago. Again, I have to wonder if there is even the slightest degree of empathy in the islamic culture, taught in quran or hadith, or of those muslims who appreciate and practice empathy do so DESPITE their religious upbringing.
I would have to say the second one. Two points. First, I was reading a Sam Harris article the other day and he was being somewhat dismissive of attempts by atheists to be in any way conciliatory to religious people (he was specifically talking about Muslims though). My reaction, as someone who tries to be tolerant of people if they make it at all possible, is that yes, the religion is bad, but the people generally are not. My wife is a Muslim (unfortunately in all honesty), and through her and her family I've met many Muslims at home and abroad, and they are just like any other people I've met. What Sam Harris and the religion-haters miss is this: many religious people are hypocritical. This is a very good thing in this case. It means they compartmentalize their religion from their actual beliefs and behaviors, and can treat people just as well and with just as much dignity as atheists can. Take the Christians in the US. There are two breeds of them, roughly making up equal halves of their population, with one half very conservative (fundamentalist, etc.) and the other half of this hypocritical breed. The latter group is the good group, the one that fights for the rights of gays despite what the Bible has to say, treats women equally, actually wants birth control, and votes Democratic. Same thing goes for the Islamic world, to a lesser degree though owing to the fact that they are still a couple of centuries behind the West culturally.
The second point is that if you look at the countries making up the Muslim world, the good ones are the more secular ones. This is unfortunately a point lost on my wife (I'll give this one to her one day when I think she can look at things a little more objectively). She is Turkish, probably the most secular nation in the Muslim world, but hates the people from fundamentalist countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. She may not be able to see her own hypocrisies, but if she were to really follow her religion she's supposed to be stoned to death for marrying a known atheist, for starters. So, thank goodness for hypocrisy! It allows people who operate under a sick philosophy to behave more or less like normal people.
Such acceptance of violence against women makes me sick. Thanks for sharing. Must face real world. *puke*