Friday, December 16, 2011

Education causes amputation

"I never imagined that my fingers would be chopped off like this because of my studies," said Hawa Akther Jui after having her injuries treated.  She is practicing writing with her left hand, as even this horrible punishment from her husband, due to the fact that she was in school, learning, will not deter her from continuing her studies.  She would like the court to put her attacker/husband behind bars for a long time.  We shall see how Islamic law (sharia) works, and in whose favor it tilts.  I'm guessing the male side, even in this case.

From the BBC December 15 by Anbarasan Ethirajan

Bangladesh man 'admits' cutting off wife's fingers

Human rights groups in Bangladesh have demanded a severe punishment for the husband of a young woman who allegedly cut off most of her right hand.
Police say Rafiqul Islam, 30, attacked her because she pursued higher education without his permission.
They say Mr Islam, a migrant worker, admitted to the crime shortly after returning home from the Gulf.
However there has been no independent confirmation from the suspect that he carried out the attack.
The incident is one of a number of acts of domestic violence targeting educated women in recent months.
Police say that Mr Islam, who works in the United Arab Emirates, tied up his 21-year-old wife, Hawa Akther Jui, earlier this month. He then taped her mouth and cut off the five fingers.
'Severe consequences'
Doctors say the fingers cannot be re-attached and it appears that Ms Akther will have to live with permanent disfigurement.
"After he came back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me. Suddenly, he blindfolded me and tied my hand," Ms Akther told the BBC from the town of Narsingdi.
"He also taped my mouth saying that he would give me some surprise gifts. But, instead he cut off my fingers."
She said her husband, who is not well educated, did not approve of her enrolling in a college for higher studies.
The greatest danger to Islam; an educated Muslima.
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