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Saudi women face uphill battle in abuse cases
FT Deutschland ^ | 9/25/2009 | Abeer Allam

Posted on 09/25/2009 9:06:55 PM PDT by Saije

When Lulwah Abdul Rahman protested against her father's rejection of all would-be husbands because they were from outside her tribe, her life and career were shattered. Her father locked her in the family home, revoked her right to work at a bank and beat her. When she filed a case to lift her father's guardianship, he consigned her to a mental institution to "discipline" her, she says.

"The laws and the society confer absolute power on the father and brother, regardless of how cruel or incompetent they are,'' says Ms Abdul Rahman, 28, who has fled her home and currently lives in a shelter for abused women. "No laws are codified, so your destiny depends on the judge's mood and background. He could send me home, even knowing that I might be killed.'' Ms Abdul Rahman is stuck. While Islam grants women legal and financial independence, Saudi customs permit men to deny basic opportunities to women. Without the permission of a male guardian, women have no access to work, education, travel, marriage or even medical treatment.

Some women marry simply to escape abusive fathers, only to find even more oppressive husbands. Others are permitted to work only if they surrender their wages to male relatives, activists say.

Violence against women is not unique to Saudi Arabia - United Nations statistics suggest that one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual abuse at some point in her life. But, in Saudi Arabia, as a result of the stigma attached to women who sue members of their family, actual numbers are hard to come by... most abused women suffer in silence or commit suicide, especially in remote rural areas.

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TOPICS: Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: abuse; oppressed; saudiarabia; women
These stories aren't new, everybody knows women are treated horribly in Saudi Arabia. Just a chance to thank G_d I wasn't born a Muslim woman.
1 posted on 09/25/2009 9:06:56 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

When the nutcase women of the looney Left finally succeed in subjecting themselves to all this, we must remind them to see the humor.

2 posted on 09/25/2009 9:19:17 PM PDT by Savage Beast (29% of Americans think news organizations get the facts correct? No wonder we're in such a mess!)
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To: Saije

All those oil gazillionaires over there, and they still aren’t happy until they beat their women.

3 posted on 09/25/2009 9:21:15 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Saije
Hey! Saudi Women are a great tourist resource. We Western men don't get to abuse women in Ameica very much. I would love to arrange some Arab women abuse tours. I mean how hard could it be, just put on a jahalabiyah, and hire a bunch of ARAB women and abuse them.

It could be a new tourist attraction for Saudi and the ME.


4 posted on 09/25/2009 9:23:08 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Saije

Gee, women treated poorly under islam? There’s a shock — if you’re an ignorant libdolt living in a cellar (or Mommy’s basement), that is...

5 posted on 09/25/2009 9:27:45 PM PDT by piytar (Zero pimping propaganda on all SRM channels at once: Big Brother in 2009! NRA Lifetime Member)
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To: Candor7

From the ask the Imam advice column;

Q: What do you tell an Arab wife with two black eyes.

A: Nothing. You’ve told her twice already.

6 posted on 09/25/2009 9:34:55 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

If I saw an Arab man beating a woman, I don't know what I'd do. It would be swift and accurate IMO.

Like Bibi said, 9th century morality has no place in 21st century civilization, no matter which way you cut it.

7 posted on 09/25/2009 9:38:42 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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