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Cruelty to women?

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Submitted by Barney Popkin (United States), Jul 19, 2002 at 19:28

30+ years ago, I was a graduate student and an advisor to international students at a major U.S. university. My wife taught the wife of one of my Afghan Muslim students to drive, without my student's knowledge.

When my student learned of it, he beat his wife. I also helped him buy a used refigerator and suggested that he buy a used washing machine to make his wife's life easier as they had young children. He said, "why?" I don't know if this cruelty to women is Islamic, Afghan, or a quirk of my then-student.

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