Further to my post Afghan Law Legalises Rape In Marriage and the outrage that veberated worldwide, comes these syndicated comments from Ellen Goodman published in:
In 2007, 236 schools teaching girls were burned down. In 2008, there were attacks on 256 schools that left 58 dead. Teachers have been killed in front of students and schoolgirls attacked with acid. Honor killings are up, burqas are back in many places. A 75-year-old woman was nailed to a tree and killed, and an Afghan member of parliament had her daughter legally taken away by a husband after he married a second wife.
''Human rights are not a Western concept,'' says Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan human rights commission, ''but universal, and necessary for all human beings.'' Somewhere in southern Afghanistan another little girl is being ''protected'' from school, another woman shrouded in the anonymity of a burqa is begging permission to walk out her front door.