The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Taliban–style edict for WOMEN SPREADS ALARM in Afghan district” (Web-site/URL:http://news.yahoo.com/taliban-style-edict-women-spreads-alarm-afghan-district-054400261.html).
“One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s main religious advisers will not overturn a decree issued by clerics in the north reimposing Taliban-style curbs on women, in another sign of returning conservatism as NATO forces leave the country”.
“Just days after the United States launched a $200 million program to BOOST the role of women in Afghanistan, a senior member of the country’s top religious leaders’ panel said he WOULD NOT intervene over a draconian (extreme) edict issued by clerics in the Deh Salah region of Baghlan province”.
“Deh Salah, near Panshir, was a bastion of anti-Taliban sentiment prior to the ousting of the austere (harsh) ISLAMIST government by the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001″. Again, MANY people are “alarmed” by “austere Islamist governments”.
“But the eight article decree, issued late in June, BARS WOMEN FROM LEAVING HOME WITHOUT A MALE RELATIVE, while shutting cosmetic shops on the pretext they were being used for prostitution – an accusation residents and police reject”. THIS IS INDEED a “draconian edict”.
“Enayatullah Baligh, a member of the top religious panel, the Ulema Council, and an adviser to the president, told Reuters late on Friday (July 19, 2013)” “There is no way these shops could have stayed open. Shops are for BUSINESS, not ADULTERY“.
“Residents of Deh Salah described the order as a “fatwa“, or religious edict, although only senior clerics in Kabul should issue such a binding religious order”.
“But underscoring opposition to the edict, a mayor was shot dead by a teenaged shop owner while trying to enforce the order, which also barred women from clinics without a male escort, threatening unspecified “punishments” if they disobeyed”. These “punishments” are often BRUTAL and can justifiably be regarded as examples of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The decree, signed by a conservative cleric in the area named Zmarai, contained a warning of holy war if authorities tried to block it: “If officials do react to our demands, we will START A JIHAD“. This is the latest THREAT.
According to Abdullah, “They want to BRING BACK THE TALIBAN days. IF THEY (Afghan government officials) HAVE THEIR WAY, THEY WILL TAKE CONTROL IN THIS DISTRICT AND MAKE LIFE HERE IMPOSSIBLE“. Again this sounds AWFUL. “We are poor people and they have closed me down. I WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION or we are going to have mullahs running the place like the Taliban again“. Again, FEAR IS RAMPANT in Afghanistan.
“Shah Agha Andarabi, a doctor, said the rumor of prostitution and adultery in Deh Salah was WITHOUT FOUNDATION and was being used as AN EXCUSE by conservative clerics to CRACK DOWN ON WOMEN“. “THERE IS NOTHING going on in these shops and I guarantee that. THERE WAS NO PROOF. They just wanted to close these shops to WOMEN“. “crack down on” is the latest/yet another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, “Deh Salah police commander Colonel Abdul Ahad Nabizada also rejected the claims underpinning the decree, but said the mayor who was shot while closing the shops had been FRIGHTENED into action by the threat of jihad against him if he was deemed to be blocking the edict”. The mayor of Deh Salah had been “frightened into action” by FALSE RUMORS. “Everyone here is Muslim. We HAVEN’T seen any behavior like they claim in this small city. There were women COMING TO GET THEIR NEEDS IN THE MARKET and conservative people were against it“. People who shoot women for “coming to get their needs in the market” is OUTRAGEOUS.
To conclude, the measures against women described in this article ARE INDEED “draconian” and ALARMING attacks on women’s DIGNITY. CHINA HONG KONG and TAIWAN have to be extremely careful that they don’t go down this same path because especially in conservative SHANGHAI circles of let’s say women in their 50s. who tell their SONS (note the dominant gender) that they must pick girls who are shorter and DUMBER than them/they are. This is the perfect set-up for DOMINATION and ABUSE.