RAPE – ANOTHER 4-LETTER WORD?
I just came across this classic ball-buster: an old article “A SAGA OF DETERMINATION” by B. Murlidhar Reddy of FRONTLINE (Volume 22 – Issue 15, Jul 16 – 29, 2005), which should have been more appropriately entitled “A SAGA OF DESECRATION”. See Link http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2215/stories/20050729001605500.htm
Ponying up on the issue, once upon a time, or so the story goes … a hapless victim approached the Paki Bench with a complaint that she had been raped. The learned judge, blessed with many years of Confucian wisdom and many more years of checkered experience in expeditiously disposing such matters , ruled “Rape impossible because woman with skirt up can run faster than man with pants down”! (Who’s to argue with a judge, eh?). In a related case involving a 90-yr old lady, His ‘Honor’ remarked, “Punish him? Lady, you should go THANK HIM!”
With the farcical histrionics indigenous to the prosecutorial circus trying Rape cases and the obvious futility in carrying out rape convictions in Pakistan, is there any wisdom to the ol’ Confucian adage, “If rape inevitable, lie back and enjoy it”?
So much for Rape “Jokes”, which is no joke at all! I had occasion to interview some unfortunate male victims who were routinely raped in prison. Amazing thing is these were some of the more muscular, well built “manly” specimens one wouldn’t even dream of engaging in eye contact let alone buggery – for fear of waking up and apologizing! They were subdued in some dark recess by sheer numbers – and a persuasive blade sizing up the jugular.
A most common admission is a pitiful, “Violated …Very humiliating …. When they seize a man’s pride, respect, his manhood in this loathsome manner, you have nothing left. Nothing! And everyone knows you’re easy game … you got nowhere to run to!” (Hey! Easy with talking in the Second Person, Mister!).
What really doesn’t make sense is why do a great many raped men consider their experience to be more traumatizing, severe and defeating than their arm-chair assessment of women in similar circumstances? Is this notion reflective of society as a whole? Is it more fathomable when women rather than men are raped? “Fathomable”? Hell! We even joke about it! We glorify the act in movies. We pass it off as a “masculine attribute” making a distinction between romance and defilement confusing, yet “fathomable”!
… Until it happens to us or to someone we love and care for – as we help pick up the shattered pieces of their world, their being, and our confusion about Fate …
Enough with my rant!
The story below should not influence the objective reader to form a biased opinion of Islamic Jurisprudence or contemporary Lex Fori. Law is supposed to be fair; and, ideally, so are those entrusted with enforcement powers! It certainly would be so if the corrupting influence of politics, nepotism; private, Lilliputian interests, power play, and carnal gratification are kept out of deliberations. But this is not a perfect world, is it? So how would our courts fare on the scales of Justice?
Anyway, here’s old news from FRONTLINE. “Shame! Shame!”
A SAGA OF DETERMINATION by B. Muralidhar Reddy (with sleazy commentary by Yours Truly)
JUNE 22, 2002: Mukhtar Mai (30) is gang-raped allegedly on the orders of the Meerwala village council in Punjab province as a punishment after her 12-year-old brother Shakoor was reportedly seen in the company of a woman belonging to the influential Mastoi clan. The police arrest Shakoor on charges of adultery.
(Mukhtar Mai’s family claim that the charge against Shakoor was fabricated after men from the Mastoi clan sodomised him and her family threatened to report the matter to the police. Eventually, three men are tried for sodomy and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment each. They were still in jail at the time of publication of the original article).
The village council suggests that Shakoor marry the woman he was seen with and Mai, a divorcee, be married to a Mastoi man. The Mastois reportedly reject the deal, insisting that zina (adultery) must be settled with zina. Mukhtar Mai is called to the council to apologize for her brother’s conduct. She appears and apologizes but is dragged to a nearby hut and gang-raped allegedly by four men. (I vividly recall the original news had indicated she was raped by “members” of the Council – no pun intended! C.C.). The Mastois inform the police that the dispute has been settled (apology accepted over and over … the ‘old fashioned’ way?! C.C.) and Shakoor is released.June 28: During his weekly Friday sermon, the village imam (prayer leader) declares that a great sin has been committed (because he was excluded from the “Dispute Resolution” Council? C.C.) and asks the villagers to report the matter to the police. The imam (sour loser! C.C.) then narrates the incident to a reporter from a nearby town who publishes the story in the local press. The international media immediately picks it up and the Punjab government asks the police to take immediate action.
June 30: A case is registered with the police against 14 men. All are arrested and charged under various provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code, the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hadd Ordinance). Read together, the provisions of the three laws allow the courts to extend the crime of rape to all those who were present on the occasion and, by an act of commission or omission, abetted the crime.
Four of the 14 accused are charged with raping Mukhtar Mai while the rest are booked for abetment. Their trial begins in an anti-terrorism court. The medical examination of Mai and chemical analysis of her clothes reveal at least two semen stains (PHEW!! For how long does Mai store her soiled linen before deciding on laundering? C.C.).
August 31: The trial court announces the verdict at a special midnight session, sentencing six men to death (the ultimate punishment for not inviting the trial judge to preside over the “Dispute Resolution” ritual. C.C.). Four of them are sentenced for rape while two are convicted for being part of the panchayat that decreed the rape. The remaining eight are released and freed subsequently (Hmmm … Do I hear money talking? C.C.).
September 2: The state and Mukhtar Mai file separate appeals in the Multan Bench of the Lahore High Court against the acquittal of the eight men. Mai says she is otherwise satisfied with the verdict.
September 3: Mukhtar Mai busies herself in setting up two schools in her village with the compensation money awarded to her. Her courage and efforts are acknowledged worldwide and generous donations are made for her school.
March 3, 2005: The Multan Bench reverses the trial court’s judgment on the basis of “insufficient evidence” and “faulty investigations”. The court acquits five of the six men while the death sentence of the sixth is commuted to life imprisonment. The court orders the release of the five acquitted. The acquittals trigger protests within and outside Pakistan, and civil and human rights groups seek the Pakistan government’s intervention (and Mukhtar Mai is ordered to return her ‘compensation’ money??)..
March 4-7: Mukhtar Mai writes to the government saying she fears for her life if those acquitted are released. Rights groups hold rallies in various Pakistani cities protesting against the acquittals.
March 8: Pakistan’s highest Islamic court, the Sharia court, suspends the Lahore High Court’s acquittal of the five men. The court rules that the High Court does not have the jurisdiction to hear appeals in cases tried under Islamic laws. The Sharia court decides to hear the case itself.
March 14: The Supreme Court – Pakistan’s highest judicial forum – intervenes to set aside the ruling by the Sharia court. It says it will hear the final appeal in the case. It rules that the High Court verdict will stand till such time that the appeal in the Supreme Court is decided. It orders the release of the five acquitted.
March 15: Four of the five acquitted in Mukhtar Mai’s case are released on the orders of the Supreme Court. The fifth is detained on other, unrelated charges but is released two days later (on ‘Compassionate Grounds’? C.C.).
March 17: Mukhtar Mai appeals to President Pervez Musharraf to order the re-arrest of the four men who were released, saying she fears for her life.
March 18: The five men are re-arrested along with eight others who had been found not guilty at the original trial in 2002. All of them are detained on an order from the government of the Punjab province under the maintenance of public order ordinance, a law that allows the authorities to detain anyone for a period of 90 days on the grounds that the person is a threat to public order (or ‘PUBIC’ order?! C.C.).
March 26: Mukhtar Mai files an appeal in the Supreme Court against its acquittal of the five men sentenced to death.
June 11: Mukhtar Mai says she is being prevented from travelling abroad by the government. Officials say the security measures are in place for her own safety and that she can travel abroad once the courts have dealt with her case. It is reported that she has applied for an American visa after being invited by a United States-based women’s rights non-governmental organisation to visit the country.
June 13: The 90-day detention period comes to an end but all the 14 men remain in jail as no one comes forward to furnish bail bonds for them.
June 14: The police take Mukhtar Mai, first to Lahore and then to Islamabad, for a meeting with the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Women’s Development, Nilofer Bakhtiar.
Officials confirm that her name has been included in the Exit Control List – an official list of people banned from traveling abroad. The travel ban on Mukhtar Mai is condemned, locally and internationally. Critics say the move is to stop her case generating bad publicity for Pakistan abroad (as compared to ‘good’ publicity at home? C.C.).
June 15: Mukhtar Mai spends two hours at the U.S. consulate and withdraws her application for a visa. Her passport is taken from her as she emerges from the U.S. embassy. The same day, the government announces that her name has been removed from the Exit Control List (WOW! How generous of the Paki government! C.C.). Mukhtar Mai says the removal is meaningless as her passport has been taken away and she cannot travel anyway.
June 18: The Supreme Court says it will start hearing Mukhtar Mai’s appeal against the acquittals on June 27.
I haven’t heard of any further developments or how the poor woman is faring and whether the light she saw at the end of the tunnel was actually a freight train coming her way! C.C.
But on the other side of the coin is THE FEMINAZI. These are the people who give a bad name to the otherwise respectable -and correct- women’s rights movement.
Please spend a moment to check out their philosophy: Courtesy http://htomc.dns2go.com/text/FEMINAZI.TXT
“The institution of sexual intercourse is anti-feminist” [Ti-Grace Atkinson, “Amazon Odyssey” (p. 86)]
“No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children.
Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice,
precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.” [Simone de Beauvoir, author of _The Second Sex_, the book credited with launching the mainstream of the modern feminist movement, Saturday Review June 14, 1975]
“Man’s discovery that his genitalia could serve as a weapon to generate
fear must rank as one of the most important discoveries of prehistoric
times, along with the use of fire, and the first crude stone ax.”
[Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, p. 5]
“[Rape] is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear”. [Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will, p. 6)]
“A good part – and definitely the most fun part – of being a feminist is about frightening men”. [Julie Burchill]
“Most mother-women give up whatever ghost of a unique and human
self they may have when they ‘marry’ and raise children.”
[Phyllis Chesler, “Women and Madness”]
“All men are rapists and that’s all they are,” [Marilyn French in People, February 20, 1983]
“If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don’t blame the women’s movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based.” [Betty Friedan, speech, New York City, January 20, 1974]
“When a woman reaches orgasm with a man she is only collaborating with the patriarchal system, eroticizing her own oppression…” [Sheila Jeffrys]
“We have long known that rape has been a way of terrorizing us and keeping us in subjection. Now we also know that we have participated, although unwittingly, in the rape of our minds.” [Gerda Lerner, historian, in Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women, p. 55]
“In a patriarchal society all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent.” [Catherine MacKinnon in Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women’s Studies, p. 129]
“I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.” [Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor]
“I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire.” [Robin Morgan]
“Women’s Liberation . in the short run it’s going to cost men a lot of privilege… Sexism is NOT the fault of women — kill your fathers, not your mothers” [Robin Morgan, Editor of Ms. Magazine]
“We can’t destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage. ” [Robin Morgan, “Sisterhood Is Powerful,” (ed), 1970, p. 537]
“The simple fact is that every woman must be willing to be identified as a lesbian to be fully feminist.” [National NOW Times, Jan.1988]
“Our culture is depicting sex as rape so that men and women will become interested in it.” [Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth, p. 138]
“Heterosexuality is a die-hard custom through which male-supremacist institutions insure their own perpetuity and control over us. Women are
kept, maintained and contained through terror, violence, and the spray of semen…[Lesbianism is] an ideological, political and philosophical means of liberation of all women from heterosexual tyranny… ” [Cheryl Clarke, “Lesbianism, An Act of Resistance,” in This Bridge Called My Back: Writing by Radical Women of Color, ed. Cherrie Moraga (Women of Color Press,1983), pp.128-137.]
“Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometime gain from the experience.” [Catherine Comins, Vassar College Assistant Dean of Student Life in Time, June 3, 1991, p. 52].
“Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage.” [Sheila Cronan]
“If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process
that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males.”
[Mary Daly, former Professor at Boston College, 2001]
“The fact is that the process of killing – both rape and battery are steps in that process- is the prime sexual act for men in reality and/or in imagination,” [Andrea Dworkin, Letters from a War Zone, p. 22]
“One of the reasons that women are kept in a state of economic degradation- because that’s what it is for most women- is because that is the best way to keep women sexually available.” [Andrea Dworkin, Letters from a War Zone, p. 145]
“Romance is rape embellished with meaningful looks.” [Andrea Dworkin in the Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 1995]
“Heterosexual intercourse is the pure, formalized expression of contempt for women’s bodies.” [Andrea Dworkin]
“I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.” [Andrea Dworkin, “Ice And Fire”]
“Only when manhood is dead – and it will perish when ravaged femininity
no longer sustains it – only then will we know what it is to be free.” [Andrea Dworkin. “The Root Cause,” speech, 26 Sept. 1975, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (published in Our Blood, ch. 9, 1976).]
I’d just LOVE to get my hands on those testostermoronic bastards responsible for this criminal misdirection of estrogenic passion! Such a waste of hot talent; I could cry …! (C. Collins)