Islamic spokesmen in the West constantly assure us that Islam respects women — I was not too long ago in a somewhat riotous debate with the Imam Moustafa Zayed on just that topic. And so it is extremely odd that in Afghanistan, a country where virtually everyone is Muslim, most Afghan men seem to misunderstand this important principle, and treat their women shabbily. Probably they misunderstand this Qur’an passage as providing some justification for wife-beating: “Good women are obedient….As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them” (4:34).
An Afghan woman cut off her father-in-law’s penis with a knife after he tried to have sex with her, a doctor in eastern Afghanistan’s Ghazni province said on Saturday.
“One day when the husband was away from home he attempted to have sex with his daughter-in-law and she cut off his penis with a knife,” the doctor from a private hospital in Ghazni said on condition of anonymity.
The man went for treatment at the private hospital but was sent on to the capital Kabul for specialist treatment, he added. The incident took place two weeks ago but has only just come to light.
According to figures in an Oxfam report in October, 87 per cent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.