April 4, 2009 |
Face down before a crowd, the teenage girl shrieks and writhes, begging for mercy. But the three masked men holding her down merely tighten their grip while a fourth man whips her again and again. The video of a 17-year-old girl being publicly flogged by the Pakistani Taliban in the Swat Valley has galvanized the nation, drawing protests from human rights groups, denunciations from the central government and expressions of revulsion from many Pakistanis.
August 4, 2003 |
In a country where the Taliban had banned girls from school, an Afghan women's group pressed to enshrine equal rights in a new constitution. Negar, as the group is known, collected 100,000 signatures on its "Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women" and presented it to a commission crafting the constitution. The declaration demands the elimination of gender-based discrimination and segregation, the right to move about independently and to choose whether to wear a burka.
May 21, 2007 |
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf. Danish police removed the clothing after a caller reported it, a spokesman said. The statue dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals. On Tuesday, the statue's face, left arm and lap were found doused with red paint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2001 |
About 600 nativity scenes will be on view today and Sunday. The creches will be on display from noon to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1600 Erbes Road. The nativity scenes include 60 from Simi Valley collector Leila Jones, whose displays include a nativity scene so small it fits on the head of a pin, a creche made up of marionettes and one from Kyrgyzstan with the Mary figurine wearing a burka. The event is free.
September 13, 1999 |
The U.N. human rights investigator Sunday harshly criticized Afghanistan's Taliban religious army for the widespread, systematic and officially sanctioned abuse of women. Accusing the Taliban's Ministry of Vice and Virtue of deep discrimination against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. special investigator into violence against women, called for international pressure to force its dissolution.
April 16, 2009 |
The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of a hard-line cleric who was detained as soldiers stormed his radical Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid, in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country's Islamist insurgency. Maulana Abdul Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad, dressed in an all-covering burka, which is worn by some Muslim women. Security forces stormed the mosque days later after scores of heavily armed militants inside refused to surrender.