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Submitted by Jason (United States), Apr 11, 2006 at 07:31

Sami said
"I would like to ask miss Irene US & UK being being the biggest (so called) democracy why have the highest rate of Rape and Crime against woman"

Sami, you know you are distorting the truth. The UK and the US have the highest REPORTED rates of crime against women. That is because women have rights here, so they have the right to report crimes committed against them whether the male members of their family approve such a report or not. Women in the West know that they can get justice for crimes committed against them, so they report such crimes.

Having lived in Mid-East, I know that such rights do not exist for Muslim women there. If we look at what is actually happening to these women, the rate of crimes committed against women is many times that of the West. Given that these women have no rights, these crimes go unreported. This particularly true because many of the acts that we in the West call crimes (and which appear in our crime statistics) are considered life as usual in Muslim countries.

Some examples:

1. Girls as young as nine years old being married and having sex with old men: In the West, we call that rape (and since it involves a child, the penalties are particularly harsh). In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

2. Fathers accept payments of cash, goods, services, or favors in return for marrying their preteen daughters off to wealthy old men. In the West, we call that baby selling and prostitution, and our courts deal harshly with those fathers. In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

3. If these young girls refuse to marry who their families pick for them are cast into the street to fend for themselves. In the West, we call that parental abandonment, and it is a felony in most countries. In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

4. A Muslim woman can be brutally beaten by her father or husband in order to keep her in line. In the West, we call that domestic battery, and it is a crime that is aggressively punished. In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

5. A Muslim woman who marries someone her family does not approve of may be murdered by her male relatives. In the West, we call that capital murder, and in some places we still have the death penalty for it. In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

6. In the Muslim world, an adult woman may be forcibly confined to her home by her father or husband. In the West, we call that false imprisonment or illegal restraint, and it is a serious crime. In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

7. In the Muslim world, all of a woman's personal possessions can be taken from her by her father or husband for whatever reason or use the male choses. In the West, we call that larceny or conversion, and she can have his butt jailed for either. In the Muslim world, it's called life as usual.

I can keep going on and on, but I think everybody gets the point. Just because crimes aren't being reported, doesn't mean they aren't happening. And just because Muslim men do not consider certain actions to be crimes, doesn't mean that they aren't crimes. When you compare apples to apples, you see that the rates for crimes against women in the Muslim world are many times greater than that of the West. What makes the situation worse is that women in the Muslim world, unlike their western sisters, have little hope of ever receiving justice for crimes committed against them because the men in their world don't see these actions as crimes.
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