Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Coming to Maldives soon - Terrorism that's personal (12 images)

Increasingly many Maldivian Muslims are copying and emulating the lifestyle and traditions of their Muslim counterparts in Arabia and Pakistan. Families and communities are giving up their customs and traditions and replacing them with the lifestyles of Muslim Arabs and Pashtuns of the northwest frontier.
Many of these religious rites, traditions and customs are disgusting, evil and contrary to human rights.

Be warned - these evil ways are coming to Maldives>

Terrorism that's personal (12 images)


Text by Jim Verhulst, Times' Perspective editor | Photos by Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press

We typically think of terrorism as a political act.

But sometimes it’s very personal. It wasn’t a government or a guerrilla insurgency that threw acid on this woman’s face in Pakistan. It was a young man whom she had rejected for marriage. As the United States ponders what to do in Afghanistan — and for that matter, in Pakistan — it is wise to understand both the political and the personal, that the very ignorance and illiteracy and misogyny that create the climate for these acid attacks can and does bleed over into the political realm. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times op-ed columnist who traveled to Pakistan last year to write about acid attacks, put it this way in an essay at the time: “I’ve been investigating such acid attacks, which are commonly used to terrorize and subjugate women and girls in a swath of Asia from Afghanistan through Cambodia (men are almost never attacked with acid). Because women usually don’t matter in this part of the world, their attackers are rarely prosecuted and acid sales are usually not controlled. It’s a kind of terrorism that becomes accepted as part of the background noise in the region. ...

“Bangladesh has imposed controls on acid sales to curb such attacks, but otherwise it is fairly easy in Asia to walk into a shop and buy sulfuric or hydrochloric acid suitable for destroying a human face. Acid attacks and wife burnings are common in parts of Asia because the victims are the most voiceless in these societies: They are poor and female. The first step is simply for the world to take note, to give voice to these women.” Since 1994, a Pakistani activist who founded the Progressive Women’s Association ( to help such women “has documented 7,800 cases of women who were deliberately burned, scalded or subjected to acid attacks, just in the Islamabad area. In only 2 percent of those cases was anyone convicted.”

To read the original story and the rest of the pictures by Nicholas Kristof, please go Here.

Irum Saeed, 30, poses for a photograph at her office at the Urdu University of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Irum was burned on her face, back and shoulders twelve years ago when a boy whom she rejected for marriage threw acid on her in the middle of the street. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars.

Shameem Akhter, 18, poses for a photograph at her home in Jhang, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 10, 2008. Shameem was raped by three boys who then threw acid on her three years ago. Shameem has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars.

Najaf Sultana, 16, poses for a photograph at her home in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. At the age of five Najaf was burned by her father while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn't want to have another girl in the family. As a result of the burning Najaf became blind and after being abandoned by both her parents she now lives with relatives. She has undergone plastic surgery around 15 times to try to recover from her scars.

(Posting by special request of a concerned citizen)


  1. Anonymous12:10 AM



  2. Anonymous12:39 AM

    and whats the purpose of this post??
    are you saing its only muslim who does this??

    that concept is very wrong.

    anyway you and your blog is hopeless

  3. Anonymous12:57 AM

    No you moron. He is saying this is by far more common in "Islamic" states than anywhere elsewhere.

    Barbarism exists in all corners of the world. But when you find it all too common in places where there is only one thing in common (guess what it is?), then thats worth diverting your attention to.

  4. the Islamic anonymous guy pretending to be ignorant,
    you are trying to create confusion by asking - "why are you pointing your finger at us Muslims? Others do it too!"

    Others doing it IS NOT a get-out-of-jail-free-card.

    The purpose of this post is to inform everyone that there is a culture of throwing acid on the faces of women.
    Many Maldivians are studying religion among these people and some are bringing back evil and disgusting customs and behavior.
    These kinds of disgusting and evil ways are mostly being introduced into Maldives by those who read and translate the Quran.

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