This is the reality of women’s rights in Islam, beyond all the hype and deception from Linda Sarsour and her Women’s March “feminist” allies. Islam codifies violence against women, sanctioning the beating of disobedient women in the Quran (4:34). That makes it impossible for Islamic states such as Mauritania to criminalize violence against women. To do so would be un-Islamic. And so we have the paradoxical situation that criminalizing violence against women is “islamophobic” in Islamic states, and discussing Islamic misogyny is “islamophobic” in the West. Madness.
Feminists in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia.
“Few survivors of sexual assault dare to speak out in Mauritania,” Human Rights Watch said in a report last September.
It blasted “a dysfunctional system that discourages victims from pressing charges (and) can lead to re-traumatisation or punishment.”
Women’s groups have helped to draft legislation to combat gender-based violence, calling for stiffer penalties for rape, criminalisation of sexual harassment and the creation of specific courts to handle sexual violence.
But the bill has been twice rejected by parliament, despite efforts to craft text which is within the confines of Sharia law — for example, extra-marital sex would remain a crime.
Lawmakers objected to provisions allowing women to travel without their husbands’ permission, and permitting victim support groups to file civil suits.
Spearheading the struggle for change is the Association of Women Heads of Family (AFCF), whose president Aminetou El Moctar told AFP: “We need this law, because we know violence against women is soaring” — although statistics on the scourge are seriously lacking.
At AFCF’s offices, Zahra (not her real name), related how a neighbour snatched her five-year-old daughter from her home while she was sleeping, and then raped the girl.
Because of the girl’s young age and the fact that the rapist was a serial paedophile, he was quickly convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
But AFCF says that in Mauritania, convicted rapists rarely serve out their sentences.
“He will probably do a year at most,” said Mariem, a case worker. “After that he’ll be able to pay bail and get out on parole. Then, when there’s a general amnesty, he’ll benefit from it.”…
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