Outrage of the Day Part II- Woman Beaten

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"A video showing a teenage girl being flogged by Taliban fighters has emerged from the Swat Valley in Pakistan, offering a shocking glimpse of militant brutality in the once-peaceful district, and a sign of Taliban influence spreading deeper into the country.
The two-minute video, shot using a mobile phone, shows a burka-clad woman face down on the ground. Two men hold her arms and feet while a third, a black-turbaned fighter with a flowing beard, whips her repeatedly.
"Please stop it," she begs, alternately whimpering or screaming in pain with each blow to the backside. "Either kill me or stop it now."
A crowd of men stands by, watching silently. Off camera a voice issues instructions. "Hold her legs tightly," he says as she squirms and yelps.
After 34 lashes the punishment stops and the wailing woman is led into a stone building, trailed by a Kalashnikov-carrying militant.
Reached by phone, Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan claimed responsibility for the flogging.
"She came out of her house with another guy who was not her husband, so we must
punish her. There are boundaries you cannot cross," he said. He defended the Taliban's right to thrash women shoppers who were inappropriately dressed, saying it was permitted under Islamic law."
And before anyone chimes in with, "But it's their culture, who are you to judge?" she had no trial. The only "evidence" was one nosy, suspicious neighbour. Then there's the fact that the local residents passed around the video to spread awareness of the Taliban.
It's also Southern "culture" to be racist assholes, but we still don't tolerate it, do we? To some of the mentally deranged, it's Islamic culture to kill anyone who isn't Muslim, but we still don't tolerate it, do we? So why do we deem it acceptable for them to beat, murder, rape, and victimize their own people? Oh, that's right. It's only when it comes to "special interest" groups that people play the "It's their culture!" card, such as homosexuals, women, non-members of the prevailing religion, foreigners, etc. No, actually come to think of it, it's just when it happens to women and homosexuals. In other words, when it comes to the Other.
Shakespeare's Sister has a link to the US State Department.

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