Friday, April 10, 2009


Rafia Zakaria wrote: "The scene is chilling. A crowd of men watches as a 17-year-old girl wails in pain and humiliation as she is flogged by a masked man. Her punisher, unflappable and untouched by her remonstrations, does not pause as he metes out the punishment. Another man holds her down as she flails and writhes in pain. This is the Taliban justice at its best: a rapt crowd, a female victim crying out in pain, and a world stunned into silence. There is much to be said about the scene: its barbarity, its theatrics, and its channelling of the medieval are all visible in a tableau now being routinely enacted before the world by the Taliban and its affiliated groups."
Rafia Zakaria is an attorney currently completing her doctorate in Political Science at Indiana University, USA. She conveniently forgot the methodology of implementing the Shari'at laws in Saudi Arabia because Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the USA. I was in Makka and Medina in 1984 as a member of the Indian medical team for Haj duty. I witnessed in Makka beheading a man for his crime of murder. Shari'a laws are in fact the laws of the Arab tribes of the 6th and 7th centuries. The Islamists strive (do Jihad) for establishing Islamic rule. Two examples of the Islamic rule are Saudi Arabia and Taliban.

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